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Abuse victims deserve justice; RECORD View.

SOCIETY is being convulsed and sickened by the accusations of historic child sex abuse carried out by powerful men who were shielded by a cloak of establishment respectability.

But the abuse of power and position extends throughout society.

A paedophile who hid behind the mask of being a respected former policeman has now been snared. David Wilson fled Scotland after years of abusing three children rather than face his victims.

He is finally behind bars because of the bravery of his nephew, Steven, who came out from the shadow of victimhood and anonymity to publicly accuse his tormentor.

Steven's own story is testimony to how abuse can destroy a child's life with problems that spiral into adulthood.

But Steven - and hundreds others like him - are now finding the courage to speak out and to demand justice that has been denied them for years.

In the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the abuse allegations seem to flow without end.

There will be some spurious claims, of course. But cases like Wilson - who escaped his crimes for over 30 years - show that victims must be listened to, taken seriously and supported to get justice.

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Date:Aug 8, 2015
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