YP Comment: Laxity in face of sex abuse. The warnings ignored for years
THE WARNING given by Ann Cryer in 2003 was clear and unambiguous. Teenage girls in her Keighley constituency, said the then MP, were being systematically groomed, abused and raped by gangs of Asian men. Yet the response to these alarming claims was largely to dismiss them as dangerous fantasies.
More than a decade later, however, it became clear that this pattern of events was occurring not only in Keighley, but in various towns and cities across the country, one notable example being Rotherham where exhaustive inquiries eventually revealed the full scale of the abuse and the failings of police and social workers that allowed it to happen.
Exclusive: Bradford Council SHELVED key sex abuse post
An under-fire Yorkshire council shelved a key post to tackle child sexual exploitation before a teenage abuse victim was “systematically failed” by the authority’s care services, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.
Bradford Council has confirmed that the role of a member of staff who was employed by the authority to help young abuse victims came to an end in 2010, leaving a two-year gap until a unit dedicated to tackling cases of sex exploitation was established.