Gary Burgess – Jersey Evening Post – June 30 2017
And, finally, we’re just days away from the publication of the report from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.
For victims of abuse this will be a very difficult time, regardless of what it says.
For those who were in frontline positions of responsibility there are likely to be uncomfortable truths. For authority figures, some at the very top of the ‘Establishment’ who were in other powerful roles in previous decades, there will difficult questions that deserve answers.
And for today’s politicians, there will be a demand for tangible action and no reliance on that God-awful phrase ‘lessons have been learned so it couldn’t happen again’.
Every time there’s a serious case review, we hear it.
Every time when journalists like me ask who should be help responsibile, we’re told it’s ‘the system’ so no one’s at fault.
This report is Jersey’s opportunity to prove to all Islanders and the world that those cited for wrongdoing will face justice, that those running ‘the system’ won’t escape without sanction, and that the victims who were cowed into silence or disbelieved for generations will, at long last, get some form of justice.