Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
7 August 2015, 17:46
Camila Batmanghelidjh Claims She Is Being Silenced
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh says she and her charity are being targeted because of her knowledge about sexual abuse carried out by senior establishment figures.
Camila Batmanghelidjh tells Iain Dale no sexual abuse has occurred within Kids Company.
As the prominent Kids Company charity collapsed this week due to financial management issues, allegations emerged of sexual abuse happening within the outfit. The charity’s head, Camila Batmanghelidjh, told Iain Dale this morning that no such abuse had happened there.
"I need to really correct this. The challenge that has been brought to us is not - is not - about sexual abuse within Kids Company. It’s really, really important to differentiate that.
"What has been brought to our attention is that allegedly there had been some sexual activity between two young adults and that we had that information. This sexually activity, allegedly, did not take place at Kids Company, but we had that information, and we did not report it.
"As it transpires we didn’t have that information. So actually this allegation and the way it’s been constructed is so untrue."
It’s been reported that girls aged 16 to 18 had told Kids Company staff that male clients of the charity in their 20s had been forcing them to commit sexual acts.
Iain put this claim to Ms. Batmanghelidjh, who said: "I can’t go into detail, but what I can tell you is that from the information we’ve been given this individual wasn’t even a Kids Company student."