I thought this was just too thought provoking to leave this unnoticed:
“Now here I go again – whilst I will fight RMBC tooth and nail to get to the truth re the malpractice and criminal deceit regarding the cover up concerning grooming and the systematic rape of young women in the borough, I also want to see a condemnation of the role of sections of the local Muslim community in actual rape and cover up too from Yvonne Ridley. (And not just elected officials please). Furthermore, I want a real condemnation, no denial that it was ‘one off’ or simply a local ‘cultural issue’ – it wasn’t – see Rochdale, Watford, Bradford ad infinitum its seems.
To really address the issues yes we have to look at the roles of the police, Thacker, Akhtar, Stone, Lakin and the rest of the criminal apologist and deceivers in the cover up. (Mostly non Muslim I may add). But to get to the root of the problem in a holistic manner we also have to look deeper and find what attitudes, misguided beliefs and gender based cultural and religious misconceptions made the groomers and rapist think it was acceptable behaviour. I’m sorry to say this – but the criminals involved in Rotherham where misguided Muslims so let’s start with radical Islam.
So many Muslims I know and lovingly accept as sisters and brothers of the human family are terrified of speaking out publicly on the issue for many reasons. Firstly they feel it will give fresh publicity to the events and allow racist like the EDL / BNP the ammunition to rant ‘The Muslims are to blame for all sexual exploitation’. (An evil and crazy idea). And secondly because they are afraid some (a minority) in their community will castigate them as traitors to Islam when obviously they aren’t; this I find the most alarming.
I will state now that the majority of groomers and rapists in Britain are known to be non Muslims. I will state now that the groomers and rapist in th Borough did not exploit the victims because of Islamic teachings from the Koran. However it can’t be denied that in Rotherham the rapist’s own interpretation of Islam and their view of the role of women (and non believers) did play a role; however warped that may be it needs to be examined and addressed openly. And not just behind closed Mosque doors..
Regarding YR’s role in the debate – on a personal basis I researched Yvonne’s history because I was initially inspired by her determination regarding the issue. However as I did I’ became increasingly alarmed regarding her attitudes (and often rants) regarding the roles of non Muslim and western women; attitudes I find disgusting. In particular I found I became angry that she seemed to be arguing that it is how women dress and behave that can be blamed for many of societies ills including their vulnerability to sexual exploitation. She’s so wrong and so Victorian Britain it’s dangerous.
Yvonne when it comes to grooming, sexual assault and the rape of vulnerable women and children (and sometimes males) the blame lies at only one door: the vile and repulsive criminal that perpetuates it. It isn’t what women wear, the fact they may like to dance in public, have a glass of wine with friends or share social open occasions with several individuals of varying genders that leads to rape; it’s the belief of some cultures, communities and men (a tiny minority) that women are worthless, second class citizens and should be controlled or monitored that does: that and the personal power aspect of the ‘inadequate’ of course.
Yes I am disgusted that Sarah Champion in her tweets seemed to viewing the debate re sexual exploitation and the criminal cover up as a game between herself and Yvonne. But I also have concerns about YR’s attitude to women and ‘non believers’. Personally I think they both see it all as a political football – shame on both.
What we know for sure is grooming and rape is about power and control. What we know for sure is that it happens in all communities and civilisations. What we know for sure is that we have a nationwide and Rotherham based problem concerning a minority of Muslim men and youths’ regarding the grooming and their attitude to women. What we know for sure is that however PC we may or can be at times we should get to the root of the issue, rid the borough of this evil and make sure the systematic grooming can never happen again. To do that we have to be honest no matter how painful it can be to all – and that includes communities. .
And so my little ramble is ending for nopw – but to sum up – the more I find out about YR’s attitudes to the role of women the more concerned I become. Oppresive attitudes breed a oppressive actions. A woman as the right to be who she wishes to be (as do men).
Regarding YR’s rants I will keep searching but for now here’s one more. (I found so many and they all were jaw droppers). In my opinion YR has no respect (pardon the pun) for female rights or the individual’s right to choose – in short no respect. And in my belief that is part of the problem.”