Peter Wright former headmaster of Caldicott Preparatory school, attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, was sentenced yesterday to eight years in jail following a trial in which he was found guilty of sexually abusing five pupils.
In 2008 tpr media consultants worked on Chosen a feature-length documentary made by TrueVision, which brought to light this shocking abuse of power. In this extraordinary documentary, three men, Tom, Mark and Alastair, broke their silence to tell the story of how they were groomed and sexually abused by Peter Wright while pupils at Caldicott Preparatory school decades after the event. Furthermore the documentary looks at how common it is for these abuses to go undetected and the failure of current regulations, these men demand for legal action to put in place by those who do not report these sexual attacks.
It has taken thirty-seven years after the abuses took place, and one failed attempt at prosecution for Wright to be convicted and sentenced. One contributor, Tom Perry, said: "I think it sends a very strong message to those people who are abusers of children, that you can get to the age of 83 and get eight years. I'm pleased with the sentence only for that reason."
Tom Perry is now campaigning for mandatory reporting to be introduced to ensure any teacher suspecting sexual abuse of a child in their school must raise the alarm. Tom said mandatory reporting was particularly necessary in the independent sector because: "fee-receiving institutions are presented with a conflict of interest over reporting, because it is discretionary." To see the full Channel 4 News report and interview with Tom Perry please see – http://www.channel4.com/news/roland-peter-white-sentence-abuse-caldicott-boy-preparatory-jail
Directed by Emmy and BAFTA-award winner, Brian Woods, Chosen is a testament to the power of a compelling story, simply told.
"Outstanding! Should be shown in every school in Britain." – Billy Connolly.
"The best film about sexual abuse I have ever seen. Never have male survivors spoken so articulately and movingly about their most painful and private experiences." – Dr Pamela Stephenson.
If you would like to see the film in full please visit – http://truevisiontv.com/films/details/97/chosen.
Sadly one of the contributors, Mark Payge, didn't live to see Wright sentenced. He died of cancer last year.