Yet even as Rotherham sluts of victims of sexual abuse have been denied the justice Rotherham sluts seeing their rapists convicted for their crimes, police and council leaders have pleaded: The inquiry there were ample opportunities for people who were in a position Rotherham sluts prevent these vile crimes to grasp the extent of what was Rotherham sluts on — and to act.
Whether they knew or they didn't and the report suggests they should have donethey must acknowledge how seriously they failed the children of Rotherham and take appropriate responsibility. The victims deserve more than moral outrage: The buck-passing and blame-shifting show just how deep the rot goes.
It is outrageous that people in positions of authority are still denying responsibility for ruined lives. Roger Stone, the leader of Rotherham council, clung on to power until last week. The deputy leader, Paul Lakinmaintains further resignations are unnecessary. Jessica, one of those abused, ignored and neglected, told the Times on Friday the paper whose estimable reporting sparked the inquiry that her initial euphoria on the day the report's publication had, three days later, turned to anger: I keep hearing them all say they're sorry, but that's not enough.
The days go by and… people are still in their jobs. Martin Kimber, the council's current chief executive, says that there is insufficient evidence to take disciplinary action against council staff.
Shaun Wright, Rotherham's police and crime commissioner and the councillor accountable for children's services between andrefuses to step down. No one in the police force has been held accountable. We also owe it to those children who suffered to learn the right lessons.
Much of the debate has focused on the role of ethnicity, given the perpetrators were gangs of Pakistani and Kashmiri men. Race is unquestionably a thread running through the catalogue of failings documented in the inquiry. Some local officials believe wanting to avoid accusations of racism got in the way of protecting children. Councillors from the Pakistani community could have acted as a bridge to the local community, but didn't. The police failed to engage with the community to tackle the cultures among these men that normalised the grooming and rape of young girls.
But the failure to confront this issue of race head-on is Rotherham sluts the only lesson to learn. It must not obscure institutional failures that go wider and deeper than race. The police response to abused and vulnerable girls, gang-raped and terrorised by violent threats, was characterised by a disgusting prejudice towards white, working-class girls.
Far from being treated with support and sensitivity, police officers treated them as sluts and criminals, working on the perverse assumption that children as young as 11 could have consensual sex with groups of men three times their age. Would they believe the same of their own daughters?
In some cases, they arrested victims for drunk and disorderly behaviour — found the company of older men in strange flats — while leaving abusers free to persist with their crimes. Would they think it normal for their own pre-teenage daughters to be drunk in the company of strange men?
Race played a role in what happened in Rotherham, but class played a significant part in the minds of those adults who chose to ignore the stories of these young girls. In a different place — in a different class — this simply would not have happened because the assumptions and prejudices that led to deafness and neglect would not have been in play. Britain's noxious class divide played its part Rotherham sluts casting these girls aside.
Social services also failed these children.
Senior managers failed to take evidence of sexual exploitation seriously. The only real support for victims Rotherham sluts from a voluntary project, but at one point its caseload was transferred to social services and it was excluded from supporting the girls it had been working with. There was no professional counselling provided for children traumatised by abuse.
Front-line workers who raised concerns were ignored; a council-appointed researcher working on a Home Office project who wrote to the chief constable of South Yorkshire police was hauled before a meeting of senior police and council officials and suspended.
During Rotherham sluts time in question, social services received several visits from inspectors. Their reports detailed failings in child-protection processes but made little more than passing references to child sexual exploitation; one Ofsted report even said vulnerable children were kept safe from exploitation. The council pursued injunctions against the press to prevent what was going on from coming out.
Of the victims, a third were children in care: Yet far from fulfilling its parental duties, the state was complicit in their abuse: Victims were moved to residential homes in other cities in the north, putting girls at greater risk as they ran away to get back home. For too many children in care, the state has been a feckless parent, unable to meet the sometimes exceptional demands of children who have been let down — and much worse — by their birth parents.
If the police, social services and the failed the children, so, too, did local councillors, who Rotherham sluts to hold either the police or social services to account. Rotherham sluts cannot claim they couldn't have been aware of what was happening: But the inquiry found the dominant Labour group did not discuss child sexual exploitation until and there was inadequate scrutiny of council officials.
As late asJahangir Akhtar, the then deputy leader downplayed the convictions of five Asian Rotherham sluts as a "one-off, isolated case". Can it be the case that he was blinkered to the plight of his desperate constituents: Could the disconnect between him and the community he represented have been so great? Was he so far removed from the business of the council that he didn't know about the presentations to councillors on child sexual exploitation as long ago as ?
His plea that his "liberal leftie" Guardian -reading tendencies prevented him from digging deeper for fear of upsetting cultural sensitivities smacks of a post-hoc justification of his abject failure to do anything: If he was so unable or unwilling to exercise proper scrutiny and inquiry in his constituency that being his job, after all then he should have resigned long before he was forced to — in — when he was charged, and later convicted, of fraud while serving as an MP.
Politics failed the young children of Rotherham too. The inquiry's findings are depressingly Rotherham sluts. Systemic sexual abuse of children is not new. Whether perpetrated by Asian gangs or Catholic priests, stars or members of parliament, in inquiry after inquiry, the same recur.