Ten years on from the Rotherham rape gangs and the police care more about social media posts than protecting vulnerable girls

Jun 8, 2021 by

by Max Pemberton, Mailonline:

It’s 10 years since the grooming gangs in Rotherham were exposed. An entire decade has passed, yet a follow-up investigation has shown that police are still failing to protect thousands of young girls at risk of sexual abuse.

Police seem to have a completely warped sense of what is important. They have time to do TikTok videos and attend Pride marches, speak to people about comments they make on Facebook and harass and arrest people for travelling a few miles during lockdown. Why on earth aren’t they able to take action about children being raped? How is this not a priority? It beggars belief.

Children are abused by all sorts of people from all walks of life. But it would be downright foolish to not understand that there is a cohort of men from mainly Muslim-faith ethnic minorities – in particular from Pakistan – who view women in a different way to how the rest of us do. I have experienced this first hand. I was brought up in Slough and I remember the repeated harassment that my sister and female friends would get from young Asian men who viewed white girls as ‘easy’.

And then, only a few years ago, I found myself working in child psychiatry and came across exceptionally vulnerable young girls who told me stories almost identical to those that we have read about in the Rotherham scandal.

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