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Esther McVey displays a shocking lack of empathy for rape victims | Sian Norris

Forcing survivors to relive their experiences to claim tax credits for a third child is not ‘double support’, it’s a further violation

On Monday, Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, caused controversy by calling the government’s “rape clause” for child tax credits “an opportunity” for rape victims to gain emotional support. She suggested that demanding rape victims disclose details of their attack to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would offer “double support” – both emotional and financial.

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