Rotherham’s Serious Crimes

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  • For fourteen years Jayne Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers. Only by becoming  a whistleblower, sharing confidential documents to expose the scandal for The Times investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk, was any action taken.
  • As the manager of Risky Business, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she heard heartbreaking and shocking stories of abuse and assiduously kept notes and details of the perpetrators, passing information on to the authorities
  • She describes a life spent working to protect Rotherham’s girls, the pressure put on her to stop rocking the boat and why she risked prison in the hope that she could help end the appalling child exploitation in the town is told in the book.
  • The report by Professor Alexis Jay said there were “collective failures” of political, police and social care leadership over the first 12 years the inquiry covered.

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  • The scale of the Rotherham child protection scandal has led professionals responsible for safeguarding children in other regions to recognise the extent of child abuse in their area
  • Drawing on lessons learned from key case reviews professionals must consider how to react and respond. Failing to take on the concerns of child sexual exploitation will lead to other Rotherhams.
  • The authors of ‘Sexual Exploitation After Rotherham’   present recommendations for improvements at strategic management and frontline practitioner levels.

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  • Violated is an uncomfortable story about the  sex abuse scandal in Rotherham that sent shockwaves through the nation.  Sarah Wilson one of many victims tells her story in the hope that other young girls will not fall prey to the same evil that she endured and that more care and responce will be provided by the powers that be.
  • Sarah was just eleven years old when she was befriended by a group of older men. She ‘escaped’ from rape and addiction when she became too old for the men at nearly sixteen.
  • Professors Jays report estimated that  up to 1,400 young girls in the town had been regularly abused by sex gangs, predominantly comprised of Pakistani men.

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  • Turning the clock back to the first half of the last century Margaret Drinkall’s  Rotherham Murders concentrates on killings that took place in and around the town.
  • Read about the brutal death of a policeman, a sensational ‘body in a trunk’ murder which resulted in Scotland Yard detectives coming to Rotherham and the very first wireless appeal for helping catching the culprit.
  • Other sad and foul deeds include mothers killing their own children, an unusual transvestite case, an early motoring crime and a gamekeeper’s grim revenge.
  • Not for the feint-hearted, these cases will both shock and astonish in equal measure, true stories set within one of South Yorkshire’s industrial towns.

Sorry we have conflated these books and issues together. It is still too early to resolve all the issues arising from the Child Sex Abuse scandal. On the other hand distance of up to 100 year old murders still hits home in Rotherham.

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