CHILDREN in care homes allegedly abused by the late Lord Janner did not immediately contact police because they felt ‘fear, shame, embarrassment and confusion’, an inquiry has heard.
Complainants feared they ‘would not be believed’ and one who raised concerns found staff were ‘dismissive’, said counsel Brian Altman QC.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse yesterday began to hear responses from institutions to claims Lord Janner carried out abuse for decades. The former Labour MP for Leicester West faced 22 charges relating to nine boys when he died in 2015, aged 87, but had been deemed too ill to stand trial.
Earlier police investigations in 1991, 2002 and 2006 came to nothing. ‘Why no charges were brought will be the focus of much of the evidence,’ Mr Altman said.
Lord Janner’s son Daniel Janner QC said the inquiry would ‘deny my family the ability to cross-examine accusers’. The hearing continues.