Scotland’s Children Need Your Help
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.
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. Is this justice?
Other abusers are litterally getting away with henious crimes against the most vulnerable children.
TAKE ACTION FOR CHILDREN NOW, SPARE A MOMENT TO PUSH FOR CHANGE. Children cannot do it for themselves. Support our Change4Children Campaign!
Please send a message urging your MSP to rectify this.
- Click on this link,
- Copy the message at the bottom of this note (in ittalic type)
- Follow the instructions to find your MSP by typing in your postcode.
- Paste the message in the form, remember to change your name/MSP’s name
- Hit send, BE PROUD, you did something to change the world for the better, for children.
- SHARE THIS NOTE with your scottish friends. THANK YOU
Please also take a second to sign this petition, and pass it to a friend:
We are ALWAYS very grateful for every thing you do on behalf of vulnerable kids. Thank you for all your collective support and individual ACTIONS!
Recently, a man from Broxburn, West Lithoian went unpunished after a verdict of ‘un-proven’ meant he could not be held accountable for the the multiple broken bones and other injuries inflicted on a baby. He blamed the child’s mother, who in turn blamed him.
In England, the Ministry of Justice has just amended the law, so adults cannot avoid justice in this way ( (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims, Amendment Act 2012).
I urge you to take similar action to protect children in Scotland, as a matter of urgency.
Thank you for your time.