12% of children in 'high-income' countries have endured abuse, inquiry told
The Hearld, June 1, 2017
More than one in eight children in well-off countries around the world say they have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, Scotland's child abuse inquiry has heard.
Even more - one in five - has been at the receiving end of violence from a parent or caregiver, the inquiry was told.
The hearing heard claims there is a "huge gap" between the cases known about by authorities and what children actually report when they are questioned in a confidential survey.
The evidence emerged on the second day of the public hearing phase of the inquiry in Edinburgh.
The public evidence-gathering sessions in the far-reaching probe got under way on Wednesday with a series of opening statements from a variety of organisations.
More than 60 residential institutions, including several top private schools, are being investigated . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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