‘There was a feeling these girls were their own worst enemies — but they were children’
In the final extract from her book on the Rotherham scandal, youth worker Jayne Senior reveals how police failed to follow up on the abuse intelligence she gathered
I sat in my car outside the peeling front door which led to Debbie’s tiny flat. She was 21 now, and still the same angry, abused, vulnerable mess she’d been when I’d met her at the age of 16. She fell out with everyone — landlords, pimps, social services, the police — and anyone who’d ever dealt with her got the rough edge of her tongue. You only needed to say the slightest thing and she’d flip, blasting you with vicious abuse. Then she’d stop and burst into tears. She was that kind of girl.
I would like to deal with an issue Jayne Senior has been accused of, that of personally profiting from the misery of victims/survivors? Nothing could be further from the truth, all proceeds are going into a trust and will be used to continue the valuable work Jane Senior is involved in. Hope that makes it clear, so those naysayers, have the truth rather than the fictions currently doing the rounds!