“THINGS have changed”. When I heard those words last week, I was bowled over. They were spoken by one of the three young women groomed and sexually abused in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003, whose perpetrators had just been jailed at Sheffield Crown Court.
In the general rush to report the sentences, the significance of the words may have been overlooked. This would be a pity.
She was saying that “things have changed” at Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police. That is so significant that we should pause and consider what she meant.