Inclusion Daily Express
Sunday, November 12, 2006
  MH Tsar Proves Advocates' Point
Inclusion Daily Express

Okay, I swear I'm not making this up:

When told that a review of British health service data showed at least 300 sexual assaults have taken place against women in psychiatric wards over the past 3 years, mental health groups responded that the actual number is probably much higher. They said that victims of such crimes often decide not report them because they do not trust that their allegations will be taken serious.

As if to prove that very point, the government's national mental health tsar, Louis Appleby, responded that -- while he is determined to address the sexual safety of women in mental health wards -- "In my opinion, there is significant doubt in the majority of cases as to whether any incident occurred."

What? Did he or did he not just prove their point?

Hey, I'll give Appleby the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he was just tongue-tied after seeing the enormity of the problem that he didn't know what to say.

Dave Reynolds, Editor
Inclusion Daily Express
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