Experts React To Investigation Into Operation Augusta
Every possible step must be taken to learn lessons from the terrible revelations which have emerged in a new report on child sex exploitation in Manchester, according to legal experts who specialise in supporting survivors of such abuse.
The new publication has examined the issues surrounding Operation Augusta, an investigation launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) following the death of 15-year-old Victoria Agoglia in 2003.
While the operation identified 57 children who were potentially exploited and abused and more than 90 persons of interest in relation to the crimes, the report found that the investigation was closed down before its work was completed.
According to the BBC, the report states that authorities therefore knew young people were being abused and exploited but “did not protect them from the perpetrators”.
Legal experts in Irwin Mitchell’s specialist abuse team have vast experience in providing advice to those affected by such problems, helping them secure justice and access to the vital support they often require following such an ordeal.
Expert Opinion“The findings of this new report are truly shocking and have highlighted some terrible failings which simply should not have been allowed to happen.
“Sadly nothing will change what has occurred, but it is absolutely vital that lessons are learned for the future. The way that authorities handle abuse cases has improved immeasurably in recent years and that work must continue as we look to ensure that those affected by such problems can get the help they require.
“It can take an enormous courage for survivors of abuse to come forward and seek help, so it is vital that such individuals feel they can trust that authorities will listen to them. Revelations like those featured in this report can undermine that, so it is clear that police up and down the country do what they can to show just how seriously such matters are taken.” Tom Fletcher - Associate Solicitor
Reacting to the release of the report, GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins issued an apology to all of those “let down” by the investigation. He added that the force was committed to ensuring any victims “receive the justice today that they were denied 15 years ago”.
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