The petition to set up a Royal Commission to investigate Ritual Abuse and Sadistic Crimes is targeted at Downing Street, as only HM Government can do what Tim Tate proposed already 25 years ago.
His book Children for the Devil – Ritual Abuse and Satanic Crimes concludes with 10 proposals:
1) The establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry into all aspects of paedophilia and child sexual exploitation.
• Its hearings must be held in public, unless there is a compelling personal safety reason (for a witness) to work in camera.
• House of Commons committees would NOT be up to this task: MPs have too many other demands on their time, with too many potential conflicts of interest to handle a ritual-abuse enquiry.
2) The Select Committee on Health should institute its hearings into the incidence of multi-personality disorder (MPD).
• Available evidence from the US would suggest that Britain is locking a number of MPD sufferers in secure mental units, when they could, given a greater understanding of the condition, be treated as out-patients.
3) The Royal Commission hearings would, highlight the desperate need for a unified and multi-disciplinary national approach to Child Sexual Exploitation – whatever its motive.
• Britain needs to add to its established network of specialist national police teams one charged with policing child sex.
• Such a unit should comprise officers from the Obscene Publications Branch, existing child-protection teams, HM Customs, the Post Office, trained therapists, and members of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Intelligence Division C11. It should have its own, secure, database on the police national computer, and work both nationally and throughout the world.
4) The expertise and intelligence developed by this unit would have a vital role to play in the next new agency: a National Child Protection Agency. This would fulfil three functions:
• It would analyse trends within the field of child exploitation;
• would maintain computerised records of all convicted child abusers and of missing or at-risk children (Tim Tate wrote that no such database exists in Britain, but since then this voluntary effort has produced http://theukdatabase.com/)
• it would create a unified and reliable training programme for all therapists and investigators within statutory agencies.
5) This training needs to take place urgently.
• Under the auspices of the National Child Protection Agency, regular and compulsory workshops and conferences should be held throughout Britain.
6) In recognition of this, pressure must be brought to bear on the network of voluntary and unmonitored support groups – religious or not – to cease what is in many cases maverick behaviour.
• All child abuse counselling would be the responsibility of the statutory agencies.
• To conduct any such sessions should – and would, under these proposal – require a specific licence.
• In this way, the dangers of contaminating victims’ evidence could be minimised.
7) All disclosure interviews should be conducted by a registered and specifically trained therapist.
• Tapes should be admissible as evidence into court. Government should accept the findings of its own 1990 PIGOT ENQUIRY on video-recorded evidence: HHJ Pigot QC
7.1. Report of the Advisory Group on Video Recorded Evidence
7.2. Supreme Court judgement with reference to Pigot Report [on video evidence by children]
7.3. Attending to Children: direct work in social and health care, Margaret Crompton, 1990
7.3.1. Children need LOVE – not simply ‘care’ in the debased, institutional sense – and that it cannot be given without the expenditure of time and effort of loving adults.
7.3.2. Listening to Children: the professional response to hearing the abused child, Anne Bannister, Kevin Barrett and Eileen Shearer (NSPCC), 1990
8) To achieve this, a new court structure would be required. There has been an unanswerable case for a unified Family Court in England and Wales for nearly a decade. This proposal would require such a court to be established outside the restraints of the rest of the judicial system.
• Its method of operation should be INQUISITORIAL rather than ACCUSATORIAL, as at present.
• It would discard all the 18th century costumes in recognition of the simple fact that these frequently confuse and/ or terrify young children.
• Wardship orders, if retained at all, should be used sparingly and with intelligence: it is pointless to obtain wardship to protect a child in a potential prosecution and then condemn him or her to disclosing to foster-parents whose evidence may or may not subsequently be accepted.
• The unthinkable can be achieved if the problem is perceived to be sufficiently serious.
9) A new law must be added to the statute book – one which formalise recognises as a separate criminal activity the abuse of children in any rituals – satanic or not.
• There is a model statute for this in existence in Idaho, which avoids the indiscriminate approach of Geoffrey Dickens’ amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.
• Such a statute is needed, as it would recognise ritual abuse as a more serious, long-lasting exploitation than ‘ordinary’ molestation and would force detectives and Crown prosecution lawyers to pursue the most substantive charge available.
10) Finally, the formal recognition of minority religions would extend the protection of the law to Muslims and Buddhists as well as wiccans and neo-pagans.
• That it would probably require the disestablishment of the Church of England can be viewed as a minor procedural problem rather than a fundamental constitutional obstacle.
• Politically, this programme cuts across all party divides. Which is more important, politics or children’s lives?
Two child witnesses made very serious criminal allegations on behalf of 60+ child victims in what became known as the ‘Hampstead Scandal’ or ‘whistleblower kids’. However, instead of professional investigations and therapy for the children, cover-up by Police and Courts led to online exposure, hounding whistleblowers with real threats of imprisonment and the study of Tim Tate’s book of 1990.