The Rotherham whistleblower
For more than ten years, youth worker Jayne Senior told police and social services about the horrific abuse inflicted on girls in Rotherham by ruthless gangs – but she was repeatedly ignored. Risking imprisonment, she turned whistleblower to expose the scandal in The Times
As Arshid Hussain was sentenced to 35 years, Jayne Senior’s triumphant “Yes!” rang across the court room. All around her young women wept and hugged. They had been children when Hussain and his two brothers Basharat and Bannaras raped, abducted and abused them.
Yet for years, no one, not police, councillors nor social workers, believed their stories or tried to bring to justice this criminal gang who claimed to “own Rotherham”. No one except – as she was called by one barrister – “the infamous Jayne Senior”.