Rotherham: Sorry isn't good enough. When will Britain learn to protect its children?
The Observer. August 30. 2014
Even for sexual abuse attorneys, the report on the systemic child abuse in Rotherham, England, is frightening. More than 1,400 young victims exploited and abused over 16 years, and the signs of ongoing abuse was ignored by police and public officials.
This excellent editorial shows how Great Britain is struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of these crimes and what should be the next steps.
"The inquiry's findings are depressingly familiar. Systemic sexual abuse of children is not new. Whether perpetrated by Asian gangs or Catholic priests, BBC stars or members of parliament, in inquiry after inquiry, the same themes recur. Too brown, too religious, too famous, too powerful: the excuses for the failure to tackle toxic cultural enclaves that house the abuse of children may differ, but they always exist. As do the disbelief with which police and social services treat vulnerable children, the bullying and intimidation of whistleblowers and the failure of regulators to pick up blatant abuse."
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