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Victims of child abuse named on House of Commons website

By Gavin Cordon

The names of four child abuse victims have been inadvertently published on the website of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

The victims said they have been subjected to online hate campaigns and even received death threats as a result of the disclosure.

In a statement, the committee - chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz - said the documents containing the names had since been redacted to remove references to the individuals concerned.

The names appeared in documents which the committee released as part of its inquiry into historical child abuse.

In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, a group of 18 victims - including the four named in the documents - said they had been left feeling vulnerable.

In one case, they said that one of the victims and his young daughter had been "targeted" by a convicted abuser.

They said that views expressed in the documents by some of the members of the independent panel inquiry into child sex abuse had added to their distress.

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