Opening public inquiry, judge says scale of child sexual abuse has stunned Britain

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LONDON — Britain has been stunned by revelations about child sexual abuse, a judge said Thursday, warning that the true scale of the crime has been underestimated and one in 20 children may have been a victim.

Justice Lowell Goddard opened a wide-ranging public inquiry into decades of abuse in Britain’s schools, hospitals and other institutions, vowing that “no one, no matter how apparently powerful, will be allowed to obstruct our inquiries.”

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