Time for abuse inquiry

By Bernadette McAliskey

As a matter of urgency -- before this pretence of a democratic, secular and modern administration unravels itself in abject disgrace, it needs to exercise its responsibility for protection of children and young people, and initiate an investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in this jurisdiction, and the role of organisations in protecting perpetrators or failing to protect victims. The period covered should possibly be since partition -- as there are people alive who were child en when the jurisdiction was created -- but most definitively from the 1960s to the present, the longest period of protracted and violent political conflict.

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