The challenges associated with the investigation of non-recent claims of sexual abuse

In Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, an investigation by Impartial Reporter journalist Rodney Edwards has resulted in over 60 people disclosing that they were abused.  They have alleged abuse against a number of people, with 12 women alleging abuse against a former primary school principal.  The story has taken a greater prominence with the intervention of Lord Morrow, a DUP peer.  Lord Morrow had met with one of the complainants in 2016 and went to the police with her as a support.

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Media reporting and abuse investigation

The decision to award Sir Cliff Richard a significant sum for a breach of his right to privacy comes at a moment when issues of false allegations and the way sexual assault cases are to be investigated and prosecuted is to the fore in any event.  Continue reading