sex abuse

No cover-up, no corruption, no routine abuse: Wass inquiry dismisses claims that ‘grossly and unfairly’ tainted St Helena

Allegations of corruption and of child abuse being covered up on St Helena and Ascension Island have been searingly dismissed at the end of a 13-month inquiry. Sasha Wass QC and her inquiry team found no justification for “lurid” headlines in the Daily Mail. “St Helena and its people have been grossly and unfairly tarnished …

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‘No credible evidence’ as whistle-blowers are cleared again

Experts have dismissed serious criticisms of the whistle-blowers who triggered investigations into sex abuse on St Helena. Their professional body in London has declared there was “no credible evidence” that the two social workers were unfit to practise. The finding renews questions about the way Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama had been publicly denounced in documents published by …

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MP voices concerns as police investigate their accusers

A “proper review” should be held into the way St Helena Police were allowed to investigate two social workers who had made whistle-blowing claims against them, a UK Member of Parliament has said. St Helena Government has denied that there was any possibility of “inappropriate influence”, even though officers would have appeared able to access …

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After a ‘terrifying’ year, whistle-blower talks of retribution

Martin Warsama is angry and he’s talking revenge. It was “terrifying”, he says, to find himself being investigated by the very police force he’d accused of corruption and covering up sex abuse on St Helena. “It’s been absolutely horrible. It’s been frightening. How can it be right for a police force to investigate the very people …

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Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General in June 2014, was one of those suspended from duty when police inquiries began – although …

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Stunning island images – but not quite the whole picture

Some truly stunning pictures accompany a travel article urging tourists to seize a last chance to make the “iconic” voyage to Jamestown on the RMS St Helena. One panorama, looking across Bamboo Hedge to Lot and Lot’s Wife, presents an image of an exotic paradise (except, perhaps, for the farm buildings). The article is slightly …

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Judge offers comfort over tales of power and abuse – but says No to London jobs hearing for whistle-blowers

A judge has spoken of “disturbing” claims made about sex abuse on St Helena and the way the island is governed – after ruling he could not hear a case brought by social workers. Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama claimed they suffered unfair treatment because they were whistle-blowers who exposed failures to investigate abuse properly. …

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‘Horror’ of child sex going unchecked – social workers’ claims

Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama told of “the sheer horror” of finding widespread child abuse on St Helena, in sworn legal documents submitted to their employment tribunal pre-hearing. And they spoke of the stress of trying to work in what Britain’s Foreign Secretary has called a “difficult” relationship with police. Claire Gannon wrote in her …

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New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic violence cases, and two new protection officers are helping to improve the management of offenders. …

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Incest and violence ‘not uncommon’ says 1990s governor

Problems with sex abuse and domestic violence on St Helena were acknowledged in print by a former governor more than a decade before the issue became an international scandal. David Smallman’s brief mention of the issue shows action was being taken against at least some offenders – but it does not undermine allegations made in …

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