Survivors of child sex abuse at a Croydon children’s home are set to release a charity song to mark the start of a healing process for the victims.
Its release will coincide with the publication of the group’s report into historic sexual abuse at Shirley Oaks children’s home.
The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) said the report will show the Wickham Road home, run by Lambeth Council, was “infiltrated” by paedophiles between the 1950s and 1983 – when it closed.
A scene for the charity single’s music video, due to be released this month, was recorded at a candlelit vigil in Shirley Oaks that the survivors group held on November 27.
Survivors of the historic abuse withdrew last month from a public inquiry that saw multiple resignations since it was set up two years ago
The group said that, despite the traumatic memories returning to the site brought for the victims, the vigil marked the start of a healing process.
Raymond Stevenson, member of SOSA, said: “Despite the physical and sexual abuse, Shirley Oaks was a special place that kindled a spirit and has enabled Shirley Oaks ex-residents to unite once again in order to right the evils that were committed by these people.
“The memories of friendships formed and now reunited have also been an important part of the healing process.”
Survivors of sexual abuse at a Croydon children’s home have pulled out of an inquiry because they do not feel it is independent.
SOSA said it had lost confidence in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which has seen multiple resignations since it was set up two years ago.
More than 600 children had suffered abuse on an “industrial scale” at the former Lambeth Council-run children’s according to evidence given to the inquiry.
The group last month announced it would now conduct its own investigation, describing the Home Office’s inquiry as a “stage-managed event”.
Raymond Stevenson, of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, earlier this year told BBC Newsnight the probe had failed to meet group members when asked to.
Mr Stevenson was drugged and beaten while in care at Shirley Oaks Children's Home, where a paedophile ring operated between the 1960s and 1980s.
Former residents of the Wickham Road children's home formed the association to fight for justice and push for an investigation into claims of a cover-up.
He cited concerns about the Home Office’s involvement in the inquiry.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, in response to SOSA’s statement, today said: “The Independent Inquiry has a vital role to play in exposing the failure of public bodies and other major organisations to prevent child sexual abuse.
“We must learn the lessons of the past and we owe it to victims and survivors to get behind the Inquiry, and its chair Alexis Jay, in its endeavour.”