Redress move by victims and survivors welcomed by Lyttle

Alliance OFMDFM spokesperson Chris Lyttle has welcomed a move by victims and survivors of historic child abuse to seek redress from the Executive.

The East Belfast MLA was speaking as various groups launched a report, entitled What Survivors Want from Redress, today (Tuesday) at an event in Parliament Buildings. It seeks a comprehensive redress system, to include financial compensation, counselling services, access to childhood records, family tracing and a full apology for the sexual, physical and emotional abuse suffered in children’s homes.

“Considering what went on in these institutions, there needs to be empathy shown by the Executive by establishing a set of services for victims and survivors,” said Mr Lyttle.

“There is no one size fits all approach to redress for victims and survivors – different people had different experiences and so require different degrees and forms of support. Therefore some will seek counselling, while others will need financial compensation in order to move on with their lives.

“Victims and survivors face an uphill struggle to get the truth and justice they deserve. It is vital we do what we can to help them along the way.”

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