Abuse allegations and sport – the story continues

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) recently published its quarterly statistics. Its thirteen investigations and research projects cover a wide range of themes and organisations but one which is missing is that of sport. Football in the UK, gymnastics in the USA are but two sports which have been significantly impacted this year by criminal trials in connection with non-recent sexual abuse.  Notwithstanding the lack of any formal focus on sport by IICSA football is a focus for a number of its own inquiries. Continue reading

The Dame Janet Smith Review – wider considerations than Savile, Hall and the BBC

With much news coverage yesterday the long awaited Dame Janet Smith report was published and it did not make easy reading for the BBC, the victims of Savile and Hall nor indeed anyone else. Its cost (stated to be £6-6.5m) understandably caught the headlines as did comments about the lack of ability for this Review to compel people to give evidence, unlike the statutory IICSA. Continue reading