Professor Alexis Jay will probably regret forever accepting the tasker to investigate and author “Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013).” Like the PI played by Nicholas Cage in the movie “8MM” she has seen and heard things that cannot be unseen and unheard. Her first two paragraphs in the executive summary of her report are the sort of thing you would find in fiction by Stephen King.
No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited over the full Inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013…..It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. 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 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.
The authorities in charge in Rotherham were in no way ignorant of this. When Council Leader Roger Stone stepped down; he probably did so one step ahead of being tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail. Professor Alexis describes the attitude of Rotherham’s authorities towards what they knew was happening.
Within social care, the scale and seriousness of the problem was underplayed by senior managers. At an operational level, the Police gave no priority to CSE, regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime. Further stark evidence came in 2002, 2003 and 2006 with three reports known to the Police and the Council, which could not have been clearer in their description of the situation in Rotherham. The first of these reports was effectively suppressed because some senior officers disbelieved the data it contained. This had led to suggestions of coverup. The other two reports set out the links between child sexual exploitation and drugs, guns and criminality in the Borough. These reports were ignored and no action was taken to deal with the issues that were identified in them.
The evil in Rotherham prospered and reveled in the glacial indifference shown by government and law enforcement. This we may be tempted to chalk up to “The British Disease” and write off as the corruption that is endemic from overdosing on too much socialistic hope and change. Not so fast, Kimosabe. A less virulent but growing version of the same problem is occurring in the United States. Fred Reed described this trend in one of his Cop Columns for The Washington Times. Here is a letter he got from a patrol officer in Prince George’s County, MD.
"Fred -- After having read your article on 11/20/00 I have to state that YES!! We on the P.G.P.D for the most part are now looking the other way. After almost [deleted] years on the job I find this disheartening but a necessary fact to survive in today's, what appears to most officers, an ANTI-POLICE environment. We are even being told by some supervisors to keep a low profile so "you're not next on the front page"! I became a police officer to help people [deleted] years ago in P.G. County . . . but I now share the attitude of most officers, just let them eat each other, we have to survive.
Now what would give these officers such an incentive to quietly renege on a sacred, sworn trust? Fred Reed explains in a way that could, quite sadly, demean Eric Holder’s people.
The problem, stated or implied, is invariably race. Almost any interaction with blacks can destroy their careers, they say. If they stop blacks for traffic violations, it's racial profiling. If they watch suspicious people, who in all-black neighborhoods will be black, they're discriminating. If they're involved in a shooting, then it's excessive force with the powerful implication in the press that the motives were racial. A dozen politicians will try to fry them to get votes. They can't win. They can, however, avoid losing. And that's what's happening. ….This sort of undeclared strike is absolutely racially driven. Cops in white regions still do their jobs. A white cop who stops a white drunk doesn't get sued by Jesse Jackson.
So riddle me this one, Colin Flaherty. How does this British rape scandal relate to a bunch of whinging coppers in PG, MD? It has to do with why no justice was enforced and no peace was preserved. Dr. Alexis explains how Rotherham earned a well-deserved reputation as the rape capital of Northern England.
By far the majority of perpetrators were described as 'Asian*' by victims, yet throughout the entire period, councillors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. 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.
So we’ve seen the terrible consequence of this squeamish fear of police racism in Great Britain. 1400 girls in Rotherham England were raped without any legitimate recourse to the law. The questioned I’d like to ask the politically correct who assume all police action against minorities is racist. What if it was your 11 year old daughter getting gang-raped? Would it be a mortal sin then if we demeaned certain people? Or would it be ok because she bleeds a lot? When the potential accusation of racism hung over the heads of government officials, where was the pious crusade to end all violence against women?
*-“Asian” is often a euphemism used to describe unassimilated Muslim immigrants in Great Britain