Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Survivor group pulls out of independent child abuse inquiry
"A victims’ group has said it is formally withdrawing from the national inquiry into child sexual abuse, claiming the investigation is `not fit for purpose`."
"Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse (Soia) said it announced the decision with `deep regret` but felt the inquiry was not serving the needs of victims."
"The group said survivors have been `totally marginalised` from the process, adding that the inquiry had descended into a `very costly academic report writing and literature review exercise`."
"It comes after the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (Sosa) – one of the largest victims’ groups involved – pulled out of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), describing it as a `stage-managed event` which has `lurched from crisis to crisis`."
"Soia, part of the national WhiteFlowers survivor and whistleblower campaign, said in a statement: `It is with deep regret that Soia announces its withdrawal from the inquiry`."
"`We emphasise that each of us will continue to vigorously campaign outside of the IICSA, for the rights of survivors of organised and institutional abuse to justice and healing`."
"Soia, which had four core participants involved in the process, said it supported the concerns aired by Sosa in November."
"It added: `We wish to thank all those who have contributed time, effort and their own money to WhiteFlowers and Soia`."
"`However, we believe that, despite our efforts, IICSA remains not fit for purpose`."