The past on trial
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The past on trial

Savile scandal. North Wales abuse. Hillsborough files. As institutional failures of the past dominate the present, Channel 4 News asks whether this is a watershed moment for Britain. #pastontrial


article 07 April 2015 UK
Richard Kerr at Westminster
Kincora historic VIP paedophile ring - shock revelations

A Kincora abuse victim from Northern Ireland has told Channel 4 News how he was also abused at London's Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square at the hands of "very powerful people".

article 08 March 2015 UK
Cyril Smith abuse claims: did Margaret Thatcher know?

The Cabinet Office denies attempting to cover up information about Whitehall's knowledge of Cyril Smith's child abuse at the time he was granted a knighthood.

article 31 October 2014 UK
Fiona Woolf, lord mayor of London
Fiona Woolf quits as head of child abuse inquiry

The head of the inquiry into child sex abuse resigns after concerns emerged over her links with former home secretary Lord Brittan.

article 23 September 2014 UK
David Lee Travis (Getty Images)
Dave Lee Travis guilty of indecent assault

The former BBC DJ is convicted on one count of indecent assault by a jury at Southwark crown court. He is found not guilty on another count of indecent assault and on a count of sexual assault.

video 14 July 2014 UK

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Vaz: Lady Butler-Sloss is the innocent victim - video

Keith Vaz MP, of the home affairs select committee, says Lady Butler-Sloss, who has stood down as chair of the inquiry into historical child abuse, is "the innocent victim in all this".

video 09 July 2014 UK

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Butler-Sloss: 'I will do exactly what I am asked' - video

The government is forced to defend Baroness Butler-Sloss as head of an inquiry into allegations of child abuse. Channel 4 News asked her what she thought.

article 08 July 2014 UK
Ian McFadyen, who was serially sexually abused at Caldicott School
Jon Snow by 'Abuse devastated me - but I won't be silenced' - video

Serially sexually abused as a Caldicott School pupil, Ian McFadyen tells Jon Snow the experience has devastated his life. But he urges others who have been abused to "come forward and tell the truth".

article 05 July 2014 UK
Legal expert to lead child abuse review

The Home Office is appointing a senior legal figure to carry out a fresh review into how a dossier alleging paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s was handled by the department.

post 01 July 2014
Read more from Jon on Snowblog How Savile and Harris must have haunted their victims

I have already described how I was abused as a child - but my abuser did not haunt me because, unlike Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, he was not constantly in the public eye.