I was sent a video this evening by someone who wanted to hear my thoughts on it, and to also ask if I could look over it and ascertain if there was any truth in it.
The video (which I have not linked to here, but have taken some stills from) was published by UK Column on their website recently, and appears to be an attempt to cast suspicion upon and undermine a UK-Based Childhood Abuse Survivors Group, namely ‘Shatter Boys UK’.
In the video, the studio hosts are seen talking via a video link with someone calling themselves @Albion_Rover, and are discussing at length, what appears to be a simple spelling error which appears on the Companies House Website.
The spelling error they appear to be getting very excited about is the name of Daniel WOLSTENCROFT, which has appeared on the Companies House website as WOLSTENHOLM, Daniel, and the clever people at UK Column have helpfully superimposed a screenshot of Mr Wolstencroft’s biography which is listed on the website of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), as Mr Wolstencroft sits on the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel (VSCP) along with eight other people.
Along with this spelling error, which UK Column are claiming is highly suspicious and based on that claim, they have demanded answers from Mr Wolstencroft as to how this error has occurred.
The two UK Column hosts and their Scottish news stringer, have also made a clear reference to a Fraudulent Insurance Claim which occurred in October 2013, which involved a man also named Daniel Wolstencroft, and have attempted to draw the viewers attention to the possibility that these two men are in fact …. the same person!
These claims have now spilled over onto social media, and from what I have been observing myself, and from what a number of sources are also telling me, it now appears that a closely-linked group on social media have now picked up on this, and ganged up on Mr Wolstencroft, surrounding him like starving jackals, demanding that he explains to them personally how the spelling error occurred on the Companies House Website, and if he is in fact the person that UK Column have referred to as having been involved in a fraudulent insurance claim.
Mr Wolstencroft has I believe, ‘blocked’ those accounts now, and UK Column as I understand it are now backtracking on the claims they made in their video.
Knowing only too well how this online ‘Mobbing’ works, especially in regard to how social media is being utilized to not only try and totally discredit and remove people (including genuine abuse survivors) who have been selected to work alongside the IICSA – who for whatever reason do not fulfill the ‘criteria’ demanded by this online mob, I contacted a friend of mine in order to obtain a personal statement from Mr Wolstencroft to address this once and for all.
Mr Wolstencroft kindly obliged and has given his permission for his statement to be published on this site in full:
‘I originally started Shatterboys UK to give support to those males who had been sexually abused as children, who are now adults who had no support and wanted peer support, in the hope that people could find strength and courage from identification with those who had similar life experiences and had moved forward with their lives to prove it could be done. The main focus was so people could be supported through mutual aid and empower themselves and get their lives back.
We provide one to one peer support and group support, we also campaign for change and signpost and support through the police system.
We decided to register as a company which a business lawyer did for me and spelt my name wrongly, Wolstenholm instead of Wolstencroft, he did this for me as a favour due to my lacking the necessary skills when it comes to form filling due to my dyslexia.
Companies House has been contacted about this and said it was typed incorrectly. The necessary forms have been submitted to remedy this error.
I personally have high level security clearance through the Home Office and my name is Daniel Mark Wolstencroft.
A few other people came on board to share the workload as directors and have some collective ownership of what we were doing. Over time, people either moved on or got paid jobs as Shatter Boys received no funding from any outside body, everything is voluntary. I have two other jobs which I have run Shatterboys off since we started, out of my own pocket.
The others found the pressure too much due to the issues we were dealing with, or left for personal reasons, which is not for me to share as that would be wrong.
I am effectively, the last man standing.
Shatter Boys does not even have a bank account because one of the directors had bad credit with the bank we approached to open an account.
We have received donations which has helped us to travel to see clients up and down the country and to run numerous events.
I have spent far more than what has ever come in, I give four days personally to Shatter Boys of my own time voluntarily, supporting victims, campaigning, raising awareness, telephone and email support, court support and signposting to counselling services and supporting people at meetings.
I also support family members and deliver training.
We have no premises as it was costing me too much and I have my own rent to pay and children to support.
You may be under the impression that we are a large, well-funded organisation and it may appear that way because I am proactive and get myself everywhere so it seems like there are many of us but it’s just me.
The Companies House registration was pointless and means little as it has no impact on how we work, it seemed a good idea at the time but it has caused more trouble than it’s worth, and the reason it’s getting dissolved is because there hasn’t been a letter sent in to confirm we want to stay open.
That’s down to me not putting any importance on it and being rubbish at paperwork and focusing on the important side of things which is supporting survivors.
You [UK Column] have put up a piece on your website saying that I’ve been done for fraud for a car crash, I state categorically that person is not me.
You have slandered my name publicly and defamed my character through poor research.
You’re online trolling campaign fronted by ‘Wildcat’, your No:1 researcher and your journalist ‘David’ have triggered dozens of survivors we support, and from which I’ve received numerous complaints about their behavior and there are numerous screenshots to support this.
You calling us Twa**er Boys had been taken personally by those we support and they have taken it as a personal attack on themselves as you have called them ‘Tw@#ts.’
Shatter Boys stands for breaking the silence and you have mocked them for speaking out, this has greatly upset young boys I support, family members of those who’s children have taken their own lives who have spoken out.
You have effectively silenced and re-traumatized and triggered victims through your online hate campaign. The page you have been trolling is primarily a page where survivors and family members get in touch and gather strength through our videos.
I’ve had to close the Facebook page and suspended support through you attacking those who have found the courage to finally speak out. You have made it a toxic and unsafe environment and dangerous.
You have terrified the mother of my children and she is now afraid to leave the house because of your ‘researcher’s’ trolling and creepy videos.
She is deeply worried that something may now happen to our children.
I will be closing down the company’s registration in the New Year, I haven’t updated my address on it and will not be doing so due to the amount of paedophile activity we disrupt and don’t want that made public due to people like you putting my address and birth certificate online.
You have knocked dozens of people ten steps back in their own recovery, some of which are going through the court process and God only knows how I’m going to support them to get back on track.
I will, however, carry on campaigning and pushing forward, you did not take into account my resilience when you tried to destroy my efforts.
Finally …. You have NOT run me out of the country as ‘Wildcat’ suggests, myself and another volunteer are travelling to Holland to form a CSA Task Force with other groups across Europe against Trafficking – that’s just another element of the work we do.
We will remain very proactive as we were from the beginning.’
10th December 2017