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when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary for the police to question the alleged perpetrators without delay;

when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary for the police immediately to search the homes of those named for corroborative evidence;

when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary to seize and examine the computers of those named at the earliest opportunity;

when allegations of rape are supported by evidence from well-respected medical and psychological experts who unanimously confirm not only that systematic abuse has taken place, but go so far as to name two of the most likely perpetrators, you, as representative of the Crown Office, believe it right to dismiss their testimony and allow those named to leave the country;

when a school doctor twice reports an under-age girl to be at risk, and that girl’s headmaster - one of those subsequently named as a serial rapist - consistently fails to alert the child’s mother or to take any steps to protect her, you, as representative of the Crown Office, believe this to be the normal behaviour of a responsible, and guiltless, person;

when a case of rape is reported by a girl with speech difficulties, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary to supply her with support during police interviews, but are happy to use her handicap, in this respect, to discredit her spoken evidence;

when a case of repeated multiple gang rape over many years is reported by a young girl who also names seven fellow victims, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe that, in view of the Scottish law regarding corroboration, it is absolutely essential that the police question those she has named immediately.

When an acknowledged victim of rape receives a substantial award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, you, as representative of the Crown Office, feel justified in continuing to maintain that the allegations on which this award was based were fully investigated and found to be false.


The document produced by the Police Complaints Commission for Scotland included the lines. "The position, as far as I can determine it, is that there seems a sufficiency of evidence to accept, on the balance of probability, that X was sexually abused, and that this has included penetration of her private parts. Given that X, because of her disabilities, has been closely supervised throughout her life, the perpetrator is most likely to have been someone close to her who had regular, unsupervised access.”


Re Alex Salmond's non-compliance with the Information Commissioner until threatened with criminal proceedings: in Scotland's only independent law magazine, The Firm, 11 July 2011, we read: 'Last month the Scottish Ministers were compelled by the Information Commissioner to address a series of questions put to the First Minister in correspondence in relation to the (Hollie Greig) case in January this year, the first of which was: “When did you first become aware of the allegations made by Hollie Greig about her being abused by members of a high-ranking paedophile ring in Scotland?” The commissioner required the Scottish Ministers to respond by today’s date or risk being held in contempt of court.' A letter to Robert Green from the Information Commissioner dated 10 April 2014 states: 'I am writing in response to your letter of 6 April 2014 ... in which you asked for the date on which the Commissioner issued the decision referenced in the Firm Magazine's articles. The Commissioner's decision was issued on 26 May 2011.' It was not until they were under threat of criminal proceedings that the First Minister's Office came up with an answer, saying it was impossible to give a date, since all the relevant records had been lost. However, the magazine goes on to say, 'The Firm has seen correspondence from the Crown Office dated 23 July 2009 addressed to the Greig family’s lay representative Robert Green, which suggests that correspondence addressed to the First Minister outlining the allegations was received over two years ago.' Re the likely validity of Hollie Greig's claims, The Firm writes, 'Greig received a payout of £13,500 from the criminal injuries compensation authority, and was described by Detective Inspector Iain Allen of Grampian Police as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim.” ' Ample expert witness statements from respected police and medical professionals, including Hollie's school doctor, back up her allegations. Of 22 persons named by Hollie as abusers, only two (her father and her brother) have ever been even superficially questioned by the police. Even though her father and brother were described in a police report as having 'a predilection for very young girls', they were allowed to go abroad to Portugal, where they run a business connected called 'Daisy Chain' which involves frequent travel to and from South America. The implication of the Crown Office's claim that 'a thorough investigation has taken place' is, therefore, that a thorough investigation does not require those accused by an acknowledged victim to be interrogated, nor does it require their computers to be seized or their homes searched before despoliation of evidence occurs.

Thursday, 11 February 2016


Adam Johnson is SACKED by Sunderland after the footballer admitted grooming and sexual activity with girl, 15

Sunderland sack Adam Johnson after winger pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity MATT LAWTON EXCLUSIVE: SSunderland have sacked Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child under 16 years this week. The 28-year-old winger shocked club officials on Wednesday when he admitted one count of grooming and one of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. His trial at Bradford Crown Court on two further counts of sexual activity begins on Friday morning.



Single mother of four jumped to her death from bridge after social services took her children away because her boyfriend was a drug addict

Single mother of four Tina Rayson jumped to her death from Blackburn bridge Tina Rayson (pictured), 41, of Blackburn, had dumped her lover in a bid to win back the youngsters but was left feeling she was 'the worst mum ever' and was said by friends to be a 'lost soul'. She was found by a passing motorist next to a bridge after posting a message on Facebook saying: 'Night, night everyone, I've had it. Love my babies back, but I'm a failure.' She died three days later in hospital from multiple injuries leaving behind children Ebony, 20, Atlanta, 16, Kai, 13 and Rylee, three. Ebony has now taken on Atlanta and Kai, whilst Rylee's father has


Whilst taking a back seat and getting well I have to reflect back on the past almost three years ,
My timeline may tell you lots of what we have exposed and achieved, more so in getting the Goddard inquiry to Nottingham and we are now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel
But whilst my name might be synonymous with the Nottinghamshire child abuse campaign my humility will always take me back to a friendship from the 70s/80s on the Northern Soul scene and one man in particular Graham Hebbie Holden who followed my struggles and encouraged me to go back to the police in 2013 & when the struggles started in exposing the truth travelled from Burnley to Nottingham with a small group of friends who were relentless in hitting the councils demanding answers whilst I struggled to contain my frustration at the lies and deceit in New York
We reached the end of the road and between HEBBIE and the growing supporters raised funds that were raised to fly me back
Its easy to say the rest is history as it still seems like yesterday that ONE MAN with humanity in his heart created what's now known as the Nottingham Campaign
I don't need any pedestals or acolades for what we have all achieved
This man holds the dearest part in mine and my families hearts and that of many survivors..
As we await the Goddard inquiry I'd like nothing more than to see and hear those acolades and comments made to the man who without his selflessness we might never have been on the verge of making history
Mickey Summers's photo.

Police appeal after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Honiton

Police appeal after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Honiton

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2016
  • The incident happened at around 3.30pm on Monday 18th January in the Battishorne Park area of the Town.
Comments (0) Police in Honiton are appealing for information following a sexual assault on a teenage girl in the town.
The incident happened at around 3.30pm on Monday 18th January in the Battishorne Park area of the Town.
The victim, a 17 year old girl was walking in Whitmore Way, and had been aware for sometime of someone walking behind her.
Suddenly she was approached from behind by a young man who grabbed her bottom before running off.
The victim was not injured but naturally shocked by the incident.
The offender is described as being aged approximately 16- 17 years, 5'7" in height, medium build and wearing a black 'puffy' coat with fur around the hood, which was pulled over his head.
He was carrying a large full rucksack.
Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone who has any information as to the identity of the offender.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/003782/16
Or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org


  1. 5/5 A 'nice, sweet kid' raped in 1967 would be prone to clinical depression, for sure. But serial fantasist? Hardly
  2. Great volley of tweets!


Me in The Barrister Magazine - "The cult of victimhood and the limits of the law" Part 1 hysteria


NHS doctor who told woman victim of 'satanic abuse' that she needed an EXORCISM won't be struck off 

  • Dr Julius Awakame said psychiatry or psychology would not help patient
  • He gave her name of Nigerian channel and told her to get 'nice holy water'
  • The 50-year-old's employment at centre in Harwich, Essex, was terminated
  • Tribunal has now ruled that his approach was 'empathetic and appropriate'
  • See more news updates on the NHS at www.dailymail.co.uk/nhs 
Dr Julius Awakame, 50, advised a patient to get help from a 24-hour church TV channel based in Nigeria because she might be possessed by demonic 'special forces'
An NHS doctor who lost his job after he suggested a patient needed to be exorcised of demonic 'forces' has been cleared of wrongdoing after watchdogs said he was using his own Christian beliefs to help her.
Locum psychiatrist Dr Julius Awakame, 50, gave the woman the name of a 24-hour Nigerian television station run by an evangelical church in Lagos saying: 'Neither psychiatry not psychology would be able to help because there are special forces at play.'
But the disturbed woman - who said she was a childhood victim of a ritualistic satanic paedophile ring - was so upset at the consultation she 'switched off' before fleeing the room at a health centre in Harwich, Essex.
She later claimed the church was 'an abusive place' for her and the fact Awkame mentioned it had 'destroyed' her faith in doctors and affected further therapy.
Later when a community psychiatric nurse quizzed Awkame whether the woman - known as Patient A - was possessed by demons, the medic replied: 'She may well be.'
The consultation took place on January 23 2014 when Awakame was treating the vulnerable woman as an outpatient. 
The doctor's employment with the North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust was terminated the following month.
Awkame, who has since returned to his native Ghana, has now been cleared of misconduct after the Medical Practioners Tribunal Service said his approach was 'empathetic and appropriate'.
It concluded the Emmanuel TV channel and the associated website Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) was not expressing 'extreme or pernicious views'.
Tribunal chairman David Kyle told the Manchester hearing: 'By indicating that he was a Christian, Dr Awakame was being supportive and encouraging, in that he was giving Patient A a signal to indicate that she could speak freely.
'The Tribunal does not believe that he was either talking about or pressing his own beliefs on her in order to persuade her to look for a spiritual, rather than medical solution.
'Rather he was responding empathetically and appropriately to what he understood to be Patient A's overpowering belief in the satanic ritual nature of the abuse she had experienced and its impact on her health.
'Patient A had, however, rejected the church due to her previous experiences as she considered this to be part of the abuse that she had suffered - and somewhat inevitably, therefore, she was likely to react badly to any suggestion of spiritual solace.
'By responding as he did, Dr Awakame was seeking to convey his understanding and acceptance of what Patient A strongly believed, not what he believed.
Mr Kyle added: 'The Tribunal judged the online material to be moderate in its content - it was not pressing extreme or pernicious religious views.
'SCOAN did not appear to be taking advantage of people or preying on their vulnerabilities. The content of the online material is appropriately described as 'evangelical' in nature.' 
The Manchester hearing heard the patient had a 'dissociative Identity' personality disorder and had 'multiple personalities' having claimed she sexually abused by her own parents and others in 'satanic rituals'.
Awakame, formerly of Ipswich, then told Patient A: 'I can see you are a Christian', then asked her which church she went to.
Patient A said no church would have her and claimed she told him she had a 'demon problem'.
The doctor then wrote down a website address for her to access. He told her the church run Nigerian TV station ran for 24 hours a day and was 'specifically targeted for people who experienced similar situations.'
He said her problems 'could only be addressed by the church' wrote down the name and suggested she write a book about her experiences.
He also told Patient A he had watched the TV station and said there were 'many people who had similar problems' to her.
The patient alleged Awakame told her to ask the church to send her some 'nice holy water' to help with her problems before she walked out complaining of suicidal thoughts.
During a subsequent conversation with Patient A's nurse Martin Rowe, Awakame said he 'studied' the Nigerian TV station 'for hours' and claimed the woman's church had recognised she was possessed and had thrown her out.
Awakame worked for North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust (pictured). The consultation took place on January 23, 2014, when Awakame was treating the  woman as an outpatient
Awakame worked for North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust (pictured). The consultation took place on January 23, 2014, when Awakame was treating the woman as an outpatient
Speaking of her emotional state following the meeting, Patient A said: 'I had pretty much switched off after hearing Dr Awakame tell me that no psychiatrist or psychologist could help me as throughout my childhood my parents had told me that no one would believe me and no one would help me'.
Dr Awakame was reported to a consultant psychiatrist at the Trust by Mr Rowe the day after the consultation. An investigation was launched and he was subsequently sacked and referred to the GMC.
Awakame who worked in various hospitals in the NHS from 1997 to 2014 is currently working as a lecturer in 'health informatics' in his home country where he graduated in medicine in 1993.
He studied for a masters degree at the University College of London and a PhD at the University of Leeds.
In response to the allegations he said: 'The patient recognised early on the implications of the satanic ritualistic abuses and the possible lasting contribution this must be making on her current presentation of multiple personalities over which she had no control.
'If spiritual forces resulting from her history of satanic abuse were contributing to the current illness, it was difficult to see how medications or psychotherapy alone can resolve this.
'She needed to resolve the unsolved spiritual side of one of the core problems.'
He said he specifically advised her to carry on with the medication that she was already taking - despite not being 'particularly convinced medications alone even with psychotherapy would be enough in solving all the problem as she had already noticed and that if a major aspect of the initial trauma of satanic ritual abuse was not addressed'.

Scotland Yard launches inquiry into its handling of abuse allegations

Hogan-Howe criticised for comments regarding child sex abuse claims

Metropolitan police commissioner’s call for officers not to automatically believe claimants is irresponsible, say victims
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says detectives should test the accuracy of allegations and evidence with an open mind while supporting the complainant. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA
Victims of child sexual abuse have reacted furiously to Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s call for police, at first hearing, not to believe the accounts of those alleging they have been abused.
The Metropolitan police commissioner’s comments were in direct contrast with advice issued two years ago by the police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which said that believing victims of sexual abuse should be “institutionalised” within the service.
After years of campaigners fighting to change police culture and end the scepticism of officers towards victims of sexual abuse, many reacted angrily to the public statements by Hogan-Howe, which some said were timed to cover his back and secure the commissioner’s new contract.
Lucy Duckworth of Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (Mascas) said on Thursday: “We are absolutely outraged and deeply saddened that he has fallen into line with the many people and institutions who are trying to push back against the change in culture which was in the victim’s favour.
“It is an irresponsible thing for a man in his position to say. Not only for those who have been abused, but because those who do abuse will be encouraged to think they will be able to continue their activity and get away with it.”
Duckworth, who said the shift in culture towards believing victims had led to thousands coming forward, accused Hogan-Howe of making damaging public statements based on no evidence in order to protect himself and his job.
“He is making comments to deflect from the real issues and covering his own back, and in doing so, doing a great deal of damage to survivors,” she said.
Hogan-Howe, writing in the Guardian, said the policy of telling detectives to automatically believe people who claim to have suffered rape or sexual abuse could be dropped as a result of fallout from the Operation Midland inquiry into allegations of a murderous Westminster paedophile gang.
He accepted that there would be an “emotional impact” on victims if the policy of automatic belief were dropped, but said: “This is a more neutral way to begin than saying we should believe victims and I believe it better describes our impartial mindset.”
Liz Kelly, a professor of sexual violence at London Metropolitan University, said no one had ever asked the police to believe victims without question or professional investigations.
“For several decades, research and practice has shown that too many police approached reports of sexual violence through a lens of scepticism,” she said. “This was what we sought to challenge and change – that the police take seriously the possibility that thoughtful and skilful investigation may provide evidence that supports an accusation.
“And more than this, that throughout they should treat complainants with respect and dignity. These principles are not and should not be read as ‘unconditional belief’ – they are the basis of professional policing in a social democracy.”
After a series of scandals over many years, in which officers have not believed victims of rape, and sexual offences have been no crimed – where police decide that no crime took place – policing shifted along with prosecutors and attempted to embrace a culture in which those who allege sexual abuse are listened to and believed when they turn up at police stations.
This was underlined and emphasised in 2014 by Tom Winsor, the chief inspector of constabulary, who said: “The police need to institutionalise a culture of believing the victim. Every time. It really is that simple.”
Andi Lavery, a survivor who runs the White Flowers Alba victims’ group in Scotland, said Hogan-Howe was covering up for the failures of his officers in one high-profile inquiry.
“His force’s ineptitude … and a kneejerk, selfish, face-saving exercise in job preservation, may cause further harm to thousands of genuine victims of horrific abuse,” Lavery said.
“I suggest what is needed is a conversation between survivors like myself and others with the police and home secretary about how to take this serious matter forward.
“We can never ever dismiss a failed child or adult survivor, but also realise innocents are falsely accused. The treatment of Lord Bramall has caused me shame as a survivor. We must address child abuse instead of perpetually reacting to it.”
Gabrielle Shaw, the chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: “When a person reports any type of crime, we expect the police to be empathetic, professional, open minded and to take the allegation and investigation seriously.
“Child abuse is no different. Abusers often tell their victims they won’t be believed in the hope they will stay silent. That is why it is so important for survivors to know that police will listen with respect and empathy and investigate thoroughly, however long ago the crime took place.”
The comments by Hogan-Howe come as many institutions and individuals face public scrutiny during hearings at the Goddard inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse.

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George Osborne's psychiatrist brother is struck off after admitting sexual relationship with vulnerable patient 

  • George Osborne's married psychiatrist brother Adam had two-year affair 
  • He had been treating woman for depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue
  • He threatened her to retract complaint to GMC after ending relationship
  • Woman then tried to kill herself in alcohol and prescription pill overdose 
Doctor: Adam Osborne, pictured outside his hearing, had a two-year affair with his 'vulnerable' patient
Doctor: Adam Osborne, pictured outside his hearing, had a two-year affair with his 'vulnerable' patient
Chancellor George Osborne's psychiatrist brother Adam Osborne has been struck off the medical register after admitting to a two-year sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
It comes after a disciplinary tribunal found that married Dr Osborne’s behaviour was 'profoundly unacceptable' and ruled that his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct.
Dr Osborne, who is five years younger than his Chancellor brother, has now been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
A hearing this week heard that when the doctor ended the relationship in February last year, the woman - who was referred to as Patient A, tried to take her own life just two days later.
The mother-of-two had been under Dr Osborne's care at a private practice in Central London between February 2011 and late 2014.
When Patient A made a complaint to the General Medical Council (GMC), Dr Osborne begged her to retract it, telling her in threatening emails over a ten-day period that it would 'destroy' his family in public.
In one email, read to the tribunal he wrote: 'Please don't do this to me it will destroy me and my family in public.'
Another read: 'You still have the power to tell the GMC that you made this up because you were angry at me for discontinuing therapy or that you were confused, paranoid, deluded - whatever excuse you can think of.'
He also admitted making threats towards Patient A and the consequences for her family if she did not withdraw her complaint to the GMC stating: 'If I get into trouble for this then I will never forgive you for this and I will make sure you pay.'
It is believed that Dr Osborne's wife also had knowledge of Patient A.
Dr Osborne, who voluntarily absented himself from the Manchester hearing, admitted embarking on the two-year 'inappropriate' emotional and sexual relationship whilst the woman who had mental ill health, was a patient.
The tribunal heard that hours after Patient A disclosed the relationship to treating psychiatrist Dr Neil Boast she was to take an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs.
Sibling: Dr Osborne, who is five years younger than his Chancellor brother George (above), has been struck off
Sibling: Dr Osborne, who is five years younger than his Chancellor brother George (above), has been struck off
Emails between the former lovers two days prior to her making an attempt on her own life were read to the tribunal.
In one, which signalled Dr Osborne was ending the relationship, he said: 'We don't seem to be able to live with one another and it's destroying both of us and destroying any relationship that we once had.'
A disciplinary tribunal found that married Dr Osborne’s behaviour was 'profoundly unacceptable'
A disciplinary tribunal found that married Dr Osborne’s behaviour was 'profoundly unacceptable'
Patient A was to respond saying that she was 'confused', adding 'it seems to me like you are breaking it off'.
She added: 'Just please tell me the truth the way it is. I'm very much balancing on the edge and it's so easy for me to tip over just now.'
Dr Osborne, who admitted that he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the woman was a vulnerable patient because of her history of mental ill-health, replied: 'Yes I need to break from this relationship'.
He further admitted making threats towards a 'fragile' and 'high risk' Patient A, as well as admitting to his accusation that she had seduced him.
Dr Osborne, who has been helping Syrian refugees in Calais, qualified as a doctor in 2004. The tribunal was told that Dr Osborne's wife had knowledge of the woman.
His counsel Julian Woodbridge said: ‘Dr Osborne accepts that he did engage in an inappropriate relationship with the patient, Patient A, and he apologises for his conduct in this respect.
‘Dr Osborne also accepts that after he tried to end the relationship he did subsequently send a number of inappropriate emails in a moment of panic. Again he apologises and much regrets any further distress.’
Chairman of the tribunal Dr Nigel Callaghan said that it had not been a 'one-off occurrence' and that he had been aware from the outset that the relationship was inappropriate by his insistence that Patient A agree not to report him.
The tribunal regards Dr Osborne's behaviour as profoundly unacceptable
Dr Nigel Callaghan, tribunal chairman
He said: 'The tribunal does not consider that Dr Osborne's actions are easily remediable. This was not a fleeting relationship but sustained over a period of two years.
'Dr Osborne attempted to persuade Patient A to withdraw the complaint by sending inappropriate emails to her over a ten day period when he knew she had taken an overdose, and was therefore in a particularly vulnerable and fragile state.'
He added: 'The tribunal regards Dr Osborne's behaviour as profoundly unacceptable and undermines the public's confidence in the medical profession.'