Burnham MP Tessa Munt speaks out as sexual abuse survivor

Burnham MP Tessa Munt speaks out as sexual abuse survivor

Burnham MP Tessa Munt speaks out as sexual abuse survivor

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BURNHAM's MP Tessa Munt has revealed she is a survivor of sexual abuse.

Tessa Munt, who campaigned for an inquiry into allegations of child abuse cover ups at Westminster, spoke of her own harrowing childhood experience during an interview with Radio 4's PM programme.

The MP said she didn't speak of the abuse for years because she feared no one would believe her, but decided to speak about it publicly for the first time as Theresa May announced an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse claims by public bodies.

Ms Munt said: “As someone who is a survivor of sexual abuse, I'm driven to stand up for those who don't have a voice.

“This is just one of several reasons why I wanted to become an MP, because I thought I could make a difference.

“My personal history is not what defines me as an individual, but I hope I might be a better MP as a result of my experience.”

The Home Secretary's announcement follows a letter to her, signed by Ms Munt and six other MPs, last month. The letter has since attracted another 140 MPs' signatures from across the political divides, and an online petition attracted over 78,000 signatures in a matter of days.

The inquiry will look into the pattern of missing files about sexual abuse claims, which are understood to include high-profile members of the establishment.

Ms Munt added: “It seems there are many cases of abuse which have been sidelined by those at the very top and in authority for decades.

“I'll be watching like a hawk to ensure this inquiry works to find answers. Victims must feel they will be listened to and believed, that action will be taken wherever possible to ensure justice is done, and that those who have suffered may hopefully work towards gaining some sense of closure and begin the long road back to full health.”

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3:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

zelda white witch says...

Keep up the good work.i thank god for people like you .
Keep up the good work.i thank god for people like you . zelda white witch
  • Score: 2

9:54am Fri 11 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been
Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy
Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ????

Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported.
Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's.

David L Preece
Blue-Owl,
Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ???? Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported. Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's. David L Preece Blue-Owl, Blue Owl
  • Score: -7

6:37pm Fri 11 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been
Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy
Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ????

Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported.
Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's.

David L Preece
Blue-Owl,
You have really surpassed yourself this time you insensitive arrogant tw+t

Have you any idea how difficult it is for the survivors of sexual abuse? I'm sure the Mercury will probably remove my post but I hope that as many people as possible read this before they do.

You should be ashamed of yourself for even contemplating posting your remarks and I hope that if you decide to stand in any political capacity I hope this comes back and bites your fat ar+e

Unbelievable
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ???? Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported. Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's. David L Preece Blue-Owl,[/p][/quote]You have really surpassed yourself this time you insensitive arrogant tw+t Have you any idea how difficult it is for the survivors of sexual abuse? I'm sure the Mercury will probably remove my post but I hope that as many people as possible read this before they do. You should be ashamed of yourself for even contemplating posting your remarks and I hope that if you decide to stand in any political capacity I hope this comes back and bites your fat ar+e Unbelievable freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 4

9:20am Sat 12 Jul 14

lovelysunshinefluffybunny says...

Well David, I sincerely hope that you're called out on your Neanderthal views when you stand next year. I am frankly astonished that you would even contemplate trying to make political points over the abuse suffered by anyone. I suspect you wouldn't have if it was a man making the statement, would you?

FMUR - agree. I've taken a screenshot of Preece's post. The sort of stuff shouldn't be forgotten.
Well David, I sincerely hope that you're called out on your Neanderthal views when you stand next year. I am frankly astonished that you would even contemplate trying to make political points over the abuse suffered by anyone. I suspect you wouldn't have if it was a man making the statement, would you? FMUR - agree. I've taken a screenshot of Preece's post. The sort of stuff shouldn't be forgotten. lovelysunshinefluffybunny
  • Score: 4

10:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

lovelysunshinefluffy
bunny
wrote:
Well David, I sincerely hope that you're called out on your Neanderthal views when you stand next year. I am frankly astonished that you would even contemplate trying to make political points over the abuse suffered by anyone. I suspect you wouldn't have if it was a man making the statement, would you?

FMUR - agree. I've taken a screenshot of Preece's post. The sort of stuff shouldn't be forgotten.
I can normally pass of his ignorance with the Dodson that it deserves. Not this time though.

I just wonder how he would feel if this had happened to his wife or daughter.

Yes, I really am seething. That post was your big mistake Mr Preece as it shows up in writing what most of us have known about you all along. You are an arrogant, narcissistic bully with little regard for anyone else but yourself. Politics doesn't come into this any more as you've just made it personal
[quote][p][bold]lovelysunshinefluffy bunny[/bold] wrote: Well David, I sincerely hope that you're called out on your Neanderthal views when you stand next year. I am frankly astonished that you would even contemplate trying to make political points over the abuse suffered by anyone. I suspect you wouldn't have if it was a man making the statement, would you? FMUR - agree. I've taken a screenshot of Preece's post. The sort of stuff shouldn't be forgotten.[/p][/quote]I can normally pass of his ignorance with the Dodson that it deserves. Not this time though. I just wonder how he would feel if this had happened to his wife or daughter. Yes, I really am seething. That post was your big mistake Mr Preece as it shows up in writing what most of us have known about you all along. You are an arrogant, narcissistic bully with little regard for anyone else but yourself. Politics doesn't come into this any more as you've just made it personal freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 3

10:13am Sat 12 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Ps that's disdain not Dodson!
Ps that's disdain not Dodson! freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 0

11:47am Sat 12 Jul 14

lordgodalmighty says...

> My personal history is not what defines me as an individual
So sexual abuse was not really a problem for you ? Interesting.
> My personal history is not what defines me as an individual So sexual abuse was not really a problem for you ? Interesting. lordgodalmighty
  • Score: -1

8:59am Sun 13 Jul 14

awayswing says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been
Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy
Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ????

Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported.
Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's.

David L Preece
Blue-Owl,
Your comment shows you in your true colours,it is beneath contempt.There is more to life than politics.I suggest you seek counciling.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Tessa Munt, has now been able to reveal sexual incidents which happened to her during her Growing up, whilst not undermining this. One has to ask, as to the Credibility, as in this Account it States in her childhood, whilst in another news release, it stated in her Teenage years, so was this under the age of Consent ??? And, has the perpetrator been Apprehended and Brought to Court. Or is this Smoke & Mirrors, sympathy Revelations, in time for Next years Elections, Sympathy Votes ???? Also, whilst on this Note !! Why has it taken 3 1/2 years for the Publication this week in the Mercury re Former Cllr Liberal HighBridge Joe Joe Leach, who gave up Politics, to become a Banker ??? He was Ms Tessa Munts ( Lib) House of Commons Researcher, and Leader of the SDC Liberals ( all 3 of them ). To be Brought to Court, over Matters Reported. Call me Cynical ??? But we were asking the Question amongst ourselves then, as to why it was hushed up !!!!!! But, there was an election @ the time pending, District and For the MP 's. David L Preece Blue-Owl,[/p][/quote]Your comment shows you in your true colours,it is beneath contempt.There is more to life than politics.I suggest you seek counciling. awayswing
  • Score: 2

11:40am Sun 13 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Freddie Mercury undercover reporter, why do you condone my post so outstandingly, If your read what I wrote, whilst not condoning in any way Ms Munts experiences, and as I said I hope the Offender, is being investigated by the Police. Also with the ref I made to The Former Liberal Leader in Highbridge, as to why it seemingly was Hushed up 3+ years ago! when the Last Elections were being Fought. We All Know Why, he was her
Westminster Lobbyist and Researcher.
Ms Munt's timing to Brief the Press, now after all these years !! Like all those who have now come forward in revealing their suffering during the Saville,, Hastings , and the rest of them....... They have been brave, but also there will be some who have jumped on the Band Wagon, for Either Financial or other benefits. As, not every case haste been Proven, but as I have said.
Tessa Munt is a True Political animal, any one who has followed her Career, will know, that she Does nothing without a reason, like coming into Bridgwater, and Having Photo Opportunities, from our Local Press, when She doesn't represent Bridgwater, her Political Boundary is Highbridge and Wells. With using her own Daughter in a Photo Op.

All I have done is to pose the Question !!!

David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Freddie Mercury undercover reporter, why do you condone my post so outstandingly, If your read what I wrote, whilst not condoning in any way Ms Munts experiences, and as I said I hope the Offender, is being investigated by the Police. Also with the ref I made to The Former Liberal Leader in Highbridge, as to why it seemingly was Hushed up 3+ years ago! when the Last Elections were being Fought. We All Know Why, he was her Westminster Lobbyist and Researcher. Ms Munt's timing to Brief the Press, now after all these years !! Like all those who have now come forward in revealing their suffering during the Saville,, Hastings , and the rest of them....... They have been brave, but also there will be some who have jumped on the Band Wagon, for Either Financial or other benefits. As, not every case haste been Proven, but as I have said. Tessa Munt is a True Political animal, any one who has followed her Career, will know, that she Does nothing without a reason, like coming into Bridgwater, and Having Photo Opportunities, from our Local Press, when She doesn't represent Bridgwater, her Political Boundary is Highbridge and Wells. With using her own Daughter in a Photo Op. All I have done is to pose the Question !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -3

1:36pm Sun 13 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Freddie Mercury undercover reporter, why do you condone my post so outstandingly, If your read what I wrote, whilst not condoning in any way Ms Munts experiences, and as I said I hope the Offender, is being investigated by the Police. Also with the ref I made to The Former Liberal Leader in Highbridge, as to why it seemingly was Hushed up 3+ years ago! when the Last Elections were being Fought. We All Know Why, he was her
Westminster Lobbyist and Researcher.
Ms Munt's timing to Brief the Press, now after all these years !! Like all those who have now come forward in revealing their suffering during the Saville,, Hastings , and the rest of them....... They have been brave, but also there will be some who have jumped on the Band Wagon, for Either Financial or other benefits. As, not every case haste been Proven, but as I have said.
Tessa Munt is a True Political animal, any one who has followed her Career, will know, that she Does nothing without a reason, like coming into Bridgwater, and Having Photo Opportunities, from our Local Press, when She doesn't represent Bridgwater, her Political Boundary is Highbridge and Wells. With using her own Daughter in a Photo Op.

All I have done is to pose the Question !!!

David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Don't now try and explain yourself as it's all there in black & white for the world to see what an odious individual you are.

It's plain to see that controversy seems to follow you around like a bad smell but you're one of those people who is never at fault though are you?

Don't think for one minute that this is going to go away
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Freddie Mercury undercover reporter, why do you condone my post so outstandingly, If your read what I wrote, whilst not condoning in any way Ms Munts experiences, and as I said I hope the Offender, is being investigated by the Police. Also with the ref I made to The Former Liberal Leader in Highbridge, as to why it seemingly was Hushed up 3+ years ago! when the Last Elections were being Fought. We All Know Why, he was her Westminster Lobbyist and Researcher. Ms Munt's timing to Brief the Press, now after all these years !! Like all those who have now come forward in revealing their suffering during the Saville,, Hastings , and the rest of them....... They have been brave, but also there will be some who have jumped on the Band Wagon, for Either Financial or other benefits. As, not every case haste been Proven, but as I have said. Tessa Munt is a True Political animal, any one who has followed her Career, will know, that she Does nothing without a reason, like coming into Bridgwater, and Having Photo Opportunities, from our Local Press, when She doesn't represent Bridgwater, her Political Boundary is Highbridge and Wells. With using her own Daughter in a Photo Op. All I have done is to pose the Question !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Don't now try and explain yourself as it's all there in black & white for the world to see what an odious individual you are. It's plain to see that controversy seems to follow you around like a bad smell but you're one of those people who is never at fault though are you? Don't think for one minute that this is going to go away freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

And Freddie you hide behind your Psudonoum, Posting what ever you like with complete Annominity, sitting on your Moral High chair. I am not trying to explain away my Comments, far from it, if you read my first post.
Instead of taking the Moral Highground, of which is your want........
But of course, you are more superior, then you finish your post with threats, " it will not be forgotten " you post !!
And Freddie you hide behind your Psudonoum, Posting what ever you like with complete Annominity, sitting on your Moral High chair. I am not trying to explain away my Comments, far from it, if you read my first post. Instead of taking the Moral Highground, of which is your want........ But of course, you are more superior, then you finish your post with threats, " it will not be forgotten " you post !! Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

12:07am Mon 14 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
And Freddie you hide behind your Psudonoum, Posting what ever you like with complete Annominity, sitting on your Moral High chair. I am not trying to explain away my Comments, far from it, if you read my first post.
Instead of taking the Moral Highground, of which is your want........
But of course, you are more superior, then you finish your post with threats, " it will not be forgotten " you post !!
Do you know the very worst part of this? It's the fact that Tessa Munt (irrespective of her political allegiances) has been brave enough to talk openly to the national media about her awful experiences at the hands of a sexual deviant and all you can do is take a cheap politically motivated shot or two at her expense regarding her reasons for doing so.

As you will note , I am not the only person to take offence at your post and suspect that there are many more who also feel the same way.

I have emailed Tessa Munt the link to this article to make her aware that there are still individuals actively involved in local as well as national politics who have such an arrogant and insensitive attitude towards sexually motivated crime
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: And Freddie you hide behind your Psudonoum, Posting what ever you like with complete Annominity, sitting on your Moral High chair. I am not trying to explain away my Comments, far from it, if you read my first post. Instead of taking the Moral Highground, of which is your want........ But of course, you are more superior, then you finish your post with threats, " it will not be forgotten " you post !![/p][/quote]Do you know the very worst part of this? It's the fact that Tessa Munt (irrespective of her political allegiances) has been brave enough to talk openly to the national media about her awful experiences at the hands of a sexual deviant and all you can do is take a cheap politically motivated shot or two at her expense regarding her reasons for doing so. As you will note , I am not the only person to take offence at your post and suspect that there are many more who also feel the same way. I have emailed Tessa Munt the link to this article to make her aware that there are still individuals actively involved in local as well as national politics who have such an arrogant and insensitive attitude towards sexually motivated crime freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 2

9:38am Mon 14 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Of course you have Freddie, as you are the " Mercurys own undercover reporter, who's job is to monitor and censor........
Who gave you the right to sit in judgment, all I did was to question Her motives, and timing. I made no reference to the actual event, in fact my Comment was I hope the perpetrator has been dealt with, in that respect.
Just as it took 3 1/2 years for Ex Councillor Joe Leach ( LIB) Colleague of Ms Munt, to come to Publics Attention, when we fellow Councillors knew, B4 the last Election as to the reason, he was stepping down So to Speak, and going into Banking !!!
So as you seem to be my Judge , Jury, and Hangman all in One, I will speak my mind. You can accuse me of being insensitive, but Politics are, the old adage, if you can not stand the heat, stay out off the kitchen.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Of course you have Freddie, as you are the " Mercurys own undercover reporter, who's job is to monitor and censor........ Who gave you the right to sit in judgment, all I did was to question Her motives, and timing. I made no reference to the actual event, in fact my Comment was I hope the perpetrator has been dealt with, in that respect. Just as it took 3 1/2 years for Ex Councillor Joe Leach ( LIB) Colleague of Ms Munt, to come to Publics Attention, when we fellow Councillors knew, B4 the last Election as to the reason, he was stepping down So to Speak, and going into Banking !!! So as you seem to be my Judge , Jury, and Hangman all in One, I will speak my mind. You can accuse me of being insensitive, but Politics are, the old adage, if you can not stand the heat, stay out off the kitchen. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

1:48pm Mon 14 Jul 14

lovelysunshinefluffybunny says...

But the article isn't politics, is it? You're the only one who's dragged politics into an article about sexual abuse, David.

If you can't seperate the woman & her experiences from her politics then you're displaying a disturbing inability to empathise with others. How can you hope to represent others if you can't (or won't) understand them?

As others have said, how would you feel if someone had posted your comments about your wife or daughter?
But the article isn't politics, is it? You're the only one who's dragged politics into an article about sexual abuse, David. If you can't seperate the woman & her experiences from her politics then you're displaying a disturbing inability to empathise with others. How can you hope to represent others if you can't (or won't) understand them? As others have said, how would you feel if someone had posted your comments about your wife or daughter? lovelysunshinefluffybunny
  • Score: 7

1:32am Wed 16 Jul 14

lordgodalmighty says...

everyone gets abused. deal with it.
everyone gets abused. deal with it. lordgodalmighty
  • Score: -2

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