Monday, 1 February 2016

Above the law cultures

A report by Dame Janet Smith, a retired Judge who has been leading a three-year independent investigation on behalf of the BBC into the broadcaster's practices during the years it employed Jimmy Savile from 1964 to 2007, found that there was a culture of deference to "untouchable stars" and an "above the law" attitude among members of BBC management. 
This led me to thinking about the Catholic Church, Geelong Grammar and a number of other organisations who have a history of child sexual assault. I thought that those descriptions applied to all the organisations who have been called before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  They have all had little or no regard for the law and have allowed their staff to continue to abuse children with little regard for community standards or the effects on the victims.

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