Justice For Child Abuse Victims In Scotland
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Child abusers living in Scotland are able to escape justice through a legal loophole. When more than one person may have been involved in the abuse, or a second person at least witnesses the abuse and does nothing, the perpetrators blame each other, and escape justice.
A new law was inroduced recently in England and Wales to close this loophole (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims, Amendment Act 2012). Now anyone who deliberately causes or allows serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult faces up to 10 years in prison. This law is a direct result of years of campaigning by the NSPCC, and campaigns following the death of Peter Connelly, including our own. WHAT YOU DO REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. (bbc news report)
Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, said the change in the law is:
"a real victory for children and has the potential to bring many more child abusers to justice".
SCOTLAND DOES NOT YET HAVE AN EQUIVALENT LAW
In Scotland today, abusers can inflict horrific injuries on children and get away with it by staying silent or blaming each other.
A man from Broxburn walked free last week after seriously injuring a baby boy because the case verdict was 'unproven', despite the injuries being 'non-accidental'. This little baby suffered 21 broken/fractured ribs (some that had been left for so long that they had started to heal without medical attention) and fractured legs. No one has been punished for such brutal and sustained attacks, because the adults involved blamed each other. Is this justice?
Other abusers are litterally getting away with henious crimes against the most vulnerable children.
We, The Undersigned, ask The Scotish Government to introduce a law making it an offense to fail to report child abuse, such as the 'causing or allowing the death of a child' law in England, to prevent killers from getting away with such cruel and henious crimes.
Children cannot do it for themselves.
TOGETHER, we WILL make a difference!
Thank you :)
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