Rotherham Council leader: ‘The town has come a long way since abuse scandal’

THE last few weeks have been another reminder about how difficult it is to talk about child abuse and child protection, and how important that conversation still is three years on from the publication of the Jay Report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, writes Chris Read, Rotherham Council leader.

The report, which had been commissioned by Rotherham Council, revealed in graphic detail how at least 1,400 children, mostly white girls, had been victims of CSE over a thirteen-year period.

The perpetrators were mostly men from what Professor Jay described as the “Pakistani heritage community”, a formulation more common in academia than on the streets of Rotherham.

Understandably the report made headlines around the world.

The council, and in many ways the town and its community, are still healing. Twenty criminals have been sentenced to nearly 300 years in prison for what are termed “non-recent” offences.

The National Crime Agency have arrested a further 24 men, bringing the first charges against seven of them.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-region/south-yorkshire/rotherham/rotherham-council-leader-the-town-has-come-a-long-way-since-abuse-scandal-1-8740219

4 thoughts on “Rotherham Council leader: ‘The town has come a long way since abuse scandal’

  1. “Twenty criminals have been sentenced to nearly 300 years in prison ”

    I am sick to the back teeth os these meaningless summations of sentences.
    What matters is how long EACH of these examples of human excrement receives.
    It is a method of obfuscation.
    Why not state ” Twenty criminals have been sentenced to between min-years and max-years ?
    The answer of course is that some of them will get abot 2 years , which means they will be out on the streets again in no time.

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  2. Rotherham Council leader: ‘The town has come a long way since abuse scandal’

    It certainly has, 3 yrs and counting as it stands.

    Forget about ‘in denial’, it’s almost like repeating a lie enough times that people just accept it.

    How can we the people of Rotherham forget the plight of CSE victims, the heart wrenching pain they have had to endure. All this because those who were there to protect, were keeping tabs on the colour of the skin of a perpetrator, and not on the crime perpetrated. You would think that the Pakistanis would be under represented in all other forms of criminal justice too, and all that because of social cohesion, but the truth is that they have a healthy national representation of themselves in all other crimes.

    What has this council done to safeguard the communities, in the last 3yrs they have set neighbour on neighbour, is this what they originally tried to protect.

    All we have got so ‘far’, is living through the lives lost from court reports.

    All we have got so ‘far’, is somehow we should acknowledge whistleblowers with all greatness and grandeur reserved for heroes, I am sorry to say, you failed 1400 children.

    All we have got so ‘far’, is a Web of lies, and robust scrutiny of services is still to be desired.

    All we have got so ‘far’, is now at least 20yrs of paying a local government which has continued to prove it’s incompetence.

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  3. It is perfectly possible to go a long way in the wrong direction Councilor Read; which the RMBC have obviously done and haven’t yet recognized it……

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    • Wow 20 people.
      What tripe.

      Plenty of whitewash and coverups

      Cllrs from era still there.

      No one held to account.

      Chris. Next right to spec savers

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