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We have to support those who speak out on child abuse

If we're serious about protecting children, we need sanctions in place for those who don't report abusers.

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris

I recall, years ago, listening to some friends reminiscing about their not so pleasant school days. 
One mentioned an
infamous teacher who
had earned
the soubriquet "Feeler".

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"Why?" I asked rather naively. They rolled their eyes at me. "Why do you think?" The man in question had disappeared suddenly when a brave father had arrived at the principal's office to complain; he was later discovered to have been sent to a so-called Third World country
where parents don't 
have quick access to solicitors.

I was reminded of this conversation last week when I heard that Rolf Harris had earned himself the nickname "The Octopus". Why? Well, as those boys said so many years ago, "Why do you think?"

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