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Call for new child abuse law

Failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse should be made a criminal offence, the former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer has said. There have been calls to change the law to avoid any repeat of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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Law 'must be changed' to avoid Savile repeats

The law must be changed to require child abuse allegations to be reported, a lawyer who represents dozens of Savile victims has said.

Liz Dux wants more steps to be taken to ensure the Savile scandal is never repeated. Credit: PA

Abuse lawyer Liz Dux, of Slater & Gordon, welcomed the recent shift in attitudes towards child abuse, but said "there is so much more that needs to be done to make sure evil like this can never prosper again."

"It is vital lessons are learnt and our clients are determined that something positive comes out of the terrible abuse they suffered."

She said: "We are now calling on the Government to introduce legislation whereby those in regulated activities who have direct knowledge of abuse and fail to do the right thing and report it will face prosecution."

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