Child Sexual Abuse in Religious Settings (Independent Inquiry)
Co-Chair Nazmin Akthar was called to give evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She discussed the many barriers stopping victims from seeking help, including the concepts of 'shame and honour', and the myths and stigma around mental health which make it all too easy to dismiss a victim's experiences. She also gave evidence of the different religious settings in which children and vulnerable adults may be abused (such as within Madrassahs, and through Ruqiyyah and Hijama services).
Various recommendations were put forward, such as greater regulation of faith based services that work with children, requiring DBS checks for tutors providing Qur'an lessons and regulation of all counselling services.
Muslim Women's Network UK full response to this inquiry can be downloaded above.
Jess Phillips MP
MWNUK is courageous because of the uncompromising and fearless positions it sometimes takes when calling out injustice and inequality
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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
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Naz Shah MP
They work tirelessly with passion and commitment to make a difference and improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable women and girls in society.