Jayne Senior spoke to Sadie Robinson about her new book which exposes how the authories in Rotherheam held back the truth of an abuse scandal
A corrupt police officer was among those refusing to tackle child abuse in Rotherham, a new book has revealed.
Jayne Senior worked for Risky Business, a service that supported children at risk of abuse in the South Yorkshire town. Her book, Broken and Betrayed, describes years of police failings—and suggests a cover up of the abuse (see below).
Jayne told Socialist Worker that she was “not at all” surprised by evidence of police corruption that emerged in a recent abuse trial.
“I don’t think anybody in the police or the council would have been shocked,” she added.
The book details how Risky Business gave South Yorkshire Police (SYP) a mountain of evidence over many years. But “we were constantly told by senior officers that it was ‘hearsay’,” she said.
She wrote, “I was angry not only at the abusers, but the system. The system was stacked against victims.”
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“I think almost every young person that I’ve spoken to has complained about the police. Complaints about the police among survivors come up time and time again.
Some have said that they were in situations as children where it was obvious to police they shouldn’t have been. They were in the company of much older adults in the backs of cars, particular buildings, etc.