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Judge to examine sexual abuse in English institutions

February 06, 2015

Theresa May, the United Kingdom’s home secretary, has announced that a New Zealand judge will head the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

“The many, many survivors of child sexual abuse, committed over decades, deserve a robust and thorough investigation of the appalling crimes perpetrated upon them,” said the judge, Lowell Goddard.

The panel’s task, according to its website, is “to consider whether, and the extent to which, public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales.”


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