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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Britain's Shameful Conscience

"There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as eleven were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators."
"The collective failures of political and officer leadership were blatant. From the beginning, there was growing evidence that child sexual exploitation was a serious problem in Rotherham."
"Some councillors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away. Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."
Alexis Jay, author, independent report

"Cultural sensitivities should never stand in the way of protecting children."
"It is hard to imagine the damage caused to victims who were preyed upon with almost impunity over many years, because of a reluctance to comprehend or address what was widely happening."
John Cameron, head of helpline, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

"[Rotherham victims: They were the ones with troubled family backgrounds, with] a history of domestic violence, parental addiction, and in some cases serious mental health problems. A significant number of the victims had a history of child neglect and/or sexual abuse when they were younger. Some had a desperate need for attention and affection. [A third were already known to social services because of child protection and child neglect, domestic violence and school truancy.]"
"I didn't want the story to be true because it made me deeply uncomfortable. [However] I could not escape a nagging feeling that I hadn't done my job properly [in 2003 in Leeds; stories of young teenage girls targeted by 'Asian men']. I'd looked the other way rather than sought to establish the truth."
"[His conscience nagged by 'strikingly similar' stories from towns and cities across northern England and the Midlands]. It was always more than one man in the dock. And it was hard not to notice that ... the convicted men in each case had something else in common. They invariably had Muslim names."
Andrew Norfolk, reporter, The Times

The report found 1400 children were abused in Rotherham from 1997 to 2013. The report found 1400 children were abused in Rotherham from 1997 to 2013. Photo: Getty Images

What was widely happening was the gross sexual and violent abuse of defenseless children by predators whose success in their venture went unopposed, leaving them with the correct impression that because they were of Pakistani origin no one would dare confront them for fear of social backlash in a country that has become too 'liberal' in its multicultural consciousness to 'stand in judgement' of violent crime committed by minorities.

Rotherham, a borough of 250,000 people, sits in England's industrial north. Rotherham, a borough of 250,000 people, sits in England's industrial north. Photo: Getty Images

And not just any minorities, but those of southeast Asian descent, Muslims whose takeover of parts of Great Britain is so complete that their cultural heritage predominates leaving them to feel quite at home in their demands for Sharia law and unquestioning surrender to their very particular entitlements. So the "collective failures" by authorities over a period of sixteen years to protect children from the gang violence and sexual predation of criminals was left unchecked.

This, even while in some media reports were being circulated of these despicable crimes against children and no one in authority appeared ever to take notice. Not that the abused children and their frightened families never complained to authorities. More that those in public office chose not to react in fear of exposing themselves to charges of racism.

Those accusations seemingly more to be avoided than to act in defence of the defenceless. Britain does have a well-earned reputation for the lax manner in which it chooses to give safe haven to child predators ranging from public figures to these gangs.

Ms. Jay, formerly chief social work advisor to the government of Scotland, informed the British Broadcasting System that she was "very shocked" by what was revealed to her when she investigated what had been happening in Rotherham. From her understanding that police "regarded many child victims with contempt", to the first of the reports being "effectively suppressed" because senior officers chose not to place any trust in the data.

So, in a town of some 250,000 individuals as many as 1,400 children were beaten, raped and trafficked between 1997 and 2013. Blame points directly now to mostly British Pakistanis who trafficked children to other towns and cities in northern England; the children abducted, beaten and completely intimidated. Five men were jailed in 2010 convicted of grooming teens for sex. And from that time forward the full spectrum of the sex trade in young children was finally revealed.

Implicating Pakistani criminal rings plying their trade in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford, as well as the now-infamous Rotherham, England.

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