Sarah Champion says victims voices are making a real difference at the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, responds to the Home Office publication of the response to Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) interim recommendations:

 

“I welcome the steps the Home Office is taking to address the concerns of IICSA. It is encouraging to see the Government taking the Inquiry seriously, and acting swiftly to make the changes needed for victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

 

Because of the victims and survivors we have heard of appalling abuses of power and decades long failings from our institutions. They are no longer silenced – their stories are being heard and helping to make real change.

 

As Chair of the APPG for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, I’ve launched a survivor survey that will help us to keep the pressure on the Government to make policies more reflective of the people that are impacted by them.

 

While the Government is taking steps in the right direction, the funding of support services for victims is insufficient to meet demand. Survivors are taking the brave steps to come forward but the Government is failing to provide them with the support they desperately need.”

 

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

 

Link to Written Statement: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-19/HCWS1213/

 

Link to survey: https://goo.gl/forms/K1JGUFZ27cYX2gfF3

 

Jim Pomeroy