Join Date: Feb 2006
A bleak, stomach-turning report on child sex abuse by gangs was published yesterday by the Office of the Children’s Commission.
It recounts how, between 2010 and 2011, more than 2,500 children — mostly girls — were groomed, repeatedly violated, sold, beaten and terrorised.
Thousands more remain invisible and unheard. The report concludes that agencies that should have helped them didn’t hear their stories or look after them as they should have.
But, ironically, the report writers, too, try hard to side-step some difficult facts and even warn the rest of us from going where they have chosen not to tread.
Here is what Sue Berelowitz, the Deputy Children’s Commissioner who led the inquiry, has to say: ‘Perpetrators come from all ethnic groups, and so do their victims — contrary to what some may wish to believe.’
Yes, we know they come from all backgrounds. But that rather cutting second line is directed at people like me who believe that in some British cities — especially in the North of England — circles of sexual hell for young girls are run by gangs of Muslim men (most of Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage) who mostly prey on white girls.
To generalise their crimes, and lump them in with all the other abusers across the country, is to deny what the victims of these men and their families are saying about the abuse that has gone on.
As an Asian woman, feminist, mother, Muslim and lifelong anti-racist, I cannot meekly accept Ms Berelowitz’s directive. We need clear and honest figures to show how race and ethnicity are linked to these unspeakable crimes.
After all, we have ethnic details for burglaries, stop-and-search, conviction rates and prison sentencing. Anti-racists base their campaigns on such information.
So why the squeamishness about gang sex exploitation? I think it is because — like a number of police officers and social workers who have been presented with such evidence in the past — the committee in charge of the report are nervous of causing offence to community leaders, of being thought racists.
Perhaps they fear the information will be used by the BNP or English Defence League to whip up hatred.
It is misplaced sensitivity. Committed racists will behave as they wish: we cannot let that determine what the public can or cannot know.
Of course the majority of sex abusers are white because the majority of the population is white. Blond paedophile Jimmy Savile did not hail from Pakistan, but was home-grown.
The report points out that 28 per cent of the victims they found were of black and Asian background.
But it doesn’t state what it should have: that some of the worst long-term abuse is carried out by mainly British Pakistani men targeting lost young white girls, often from troubled or poor families.
A 2010 police intelligence report stated there was a significant problem with gangs of Asian males, most of them Muslim, exploiting young white females.
The children are neglected and hungry for love. The men offer treats, car rides and kebabs, then drugs and alcohol; and then they corrupt them.
Even more tragically, when teachers and doctors express concern, too many in social services and the police dismiss the girls as ‘promiscuous’, ‘available’ and not worth their attention and care.
Of course, the kind of entrapment, grooming and abuse being described here is carried out by white gangs, too, and they are as hateful and bestial as their Asian counterparts.
But with the latter, there has been for too long a suppression of the whole truth.
The reason I feel compelled to write about these particular groomers and rapists is because I am Asian, and I know how their repugnant activities are rebounding on all of us and on good Asian men.
The internet is rife with horrifying stories about such gangs. They are a mix of fact and fiction. More dangerously still, the British public is starting to think that we Asians hide and excuse the child rapists — and, that way, we all become sinners.
Every Asian and Muslim I know, including some imams, want these monsters exposed, named and put away.
But not all of them, I admit, want to delve deeper and confront some of the values that drive such men to prey on white females.
This is where it gets tricky. It is easy to loathe the abusers, but much harder to ask what it is about some Asian cultural assumptions that make the paedophiles feel no guilt or shame about what they do.
Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Lancashire-based Ramadhan Foundation, a charity working for ethnic harmony, has warned: 'The police are over-cautious because they fear being branded racist'
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a brave and principled man, is one of the few to examine and question these underlying attitudes.
He acknowledges that to some Muslim men, white females are thought easy game, ‘asking for it’, while those men’s wives or girlfriends are hyper-protected.
Many abusers are sexually frustrated and cannot relate to women except as objects of one kind or another. For this new report to shy away from this vital dimension is cowardly — and, in its way, another betrayal of the victims.
One of these poor girls contacted me after hearing me a few times on a London radio show on which I was talking about gangs of Asian men in Rochdale. She and I met in a small cafe in the summer. She is now 16, but looks much younger, and is painfully thin. A charity is looking after her.
A British Pakistani man who became her pimp (she had to call him ‘Master’) found her outside a chip shop, paid for a big portion of fries, took her for a drive and violently raped her in the back of the car that same night.
She was 14, living with a mother who was an alcoholic and on benefits, and a young half-brother.
Afterwards, the man gave her a £20 note. She had never had so much cash in her hand.
And so it went on. She was passed from man to man, was infected with a sexually transmitted disease, then told her teacher, who took her to a clinic and tried to get her to tell the police.
But the girl was too scared to do that. The men, by then, were violent and threatened her. She wanted to meet me, she said, to ask why Asian men were ‘like animals’ — a question that felt like a stab through my heart.
They are not, I told her; only a few — but those few were very bad. She will never believe me. And those who came to learn what happened to her now think as she does.
For her sake, and for the sake of others like her, the Children’s Commission report needed to attend to specifics, and not vague generalities about perpetrators.
It does, in fact, acknowledge that ‘there is more than one type of perpetrator, model and approach’.
But then it backs off from giving us details about the different perpetrators, models and approaches, because, I believe, that would mean scrutinising Asian gangs (which some police forces have found commit most sexual crimes against girls in some areas).
Frankly, I think it’s deplorable that the panel chosen to collate this report was almost all white. If they’d had assertive and scrupulous Asian members, perhaps we would have got a more full and truthful document.
I would never betray British Asians and Muslims, or portray them unfairly. They are my people. But breaking the taboo of silence that surrounds the exploitation by Asian men of white girls is a duty we insiders must not shirk.
These girls are someone’s child, grandchild, sister, niece. They are our daughters, too — and we owe them more than we do their rapists.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2236081/Why-Muslim-mother-I-believe-damaging-hide-truth-Asian-sex-gangs.html
Here's the Mail claiming they broke the story of Asian grooming gangs.
Betrayed by the PC brigade: From the Mail writer who first revealed the scandal of Muslim sex gangs, a damning exposé of how politically correct police and social workers betrayed underage white victims
The world attacks the report:
The author of report into gang sex abuse today hit back at government criticism of her findings that there was no particular problem among Asian groups.
The study by deputy children’s commissioner Sue Berelowitz came to the controversial conclusion, despite figures in her own report revealing that more than a quarter of perpetrators of gang-based child abuse known to the authorities are Asian.
Senior Whitehall figures have branded the report 'hysterical' and 'highly emotional'.
Last night a Government source said it was ‘difficult to overstate the contempt’ with which ministers viewed the report’s conclusions.
And the NSPCC said the report exposed the danger of ‘turning a blind eye’ to the ethnicity of abusers.
Miss Berelowitz said the ‘model’ of Asian men targeting white girls was just one of ‘a number of models’, and warned that if investigators concentrated on those patterns, victims could fall through the net.
And today she challenged ministers to take her report seriously, warning them it was a 'wake-up call'.
'This is a very calm, measured report,' she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
'We have left out the most harrowing details, really shocking distressing stories that children have told us, that we have heard form police. I would say to the government: This is a wake up call.
'This is the most comprehensive pulling together of sexual abuse in England. They need to take it very seriously and show some leadership.'
She denied that the problem of Asian men targeting white girls had been 'left out' of her report, but repeatedly insisted it 'is only one model' of abuse.
She also appeared to blame police forces and councils for failing to collect information on the race and faith of perpetrators.
Of the information, of the data sent to us by the police and local authorities about perpetrators, in six out of 10 cases there was no information available - the ethnicity and faith was not identified.
'Where children are falling through the net because people think it there is only one model of abuse this is a wake up call,' she added.
'We have heard evidence from the police forces that there are white males doing this across the country in fairly large numbers.'
She said there was not evidence to conclude that there was a particular issue with Asian gangs.
Instead, her report says simply that abuse is carried out by men of all backgrounds.
In May, nine Asian men who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.
Judge Gerald Clifton told them one of the reasons they targeted their victims was because they were not part of their community or religion.
Last year Abid Saddique was jailed for his role as ringleader of a Derby gang that cruised streets for girls as young as 12 who were plied with vodka and cocaine before being raped or abused.
Saddique, who is of Pakistani origin, took the vulnerable young girls to ‘parties’ in hotels or flats with other gang members.
Two months ago, documents emerged which allegedly showed agencies in Rotherham were aware of allegations of widespread targeted abuse of teenage girls in the town by groups of Asian men – but did nothing for fear of looking racist.
Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: ‘If there is a problem with one community in a particular area we must be bold enough to address it and not just turn a blind eye.’
A Government source said: ‘It is difficult to overstate the contempt the Government has for the methodology and analysis in this report. The whole thing is half-baked.’
Figures in the report state that out of 1,514 perpetrators identified, some 415 were Asian.
This is 27 per cent of the total, far in excess of the proportion of Asian people in the community at large, which is 6 per cent.
Some 545 are described as white, 244 as black, 49 as mixed, while the rest were undisclosed.
But Miss Berelowitz’s report said: ‘Different models of exploitation have been identified. The evidence is clear that perpetrators come from all ethnic groups and so do their victims – contrary to what some may wish to believe.’
The report suggested the proportion of Asian perpetrators in the figures may be higher than whites because the authorities were targeting non-whites.
It even concluded that the data on ethnicity was ‘unreliable’ because victims sometimes changed their description of their abuser.
'On the face of it, this is an issue for all ethnicities, but there is a specific problem in certain Asian communities – specifically the Pakistani community – in too many cities to ignore the phenomenon. Unless we recognise the problem, we won’t be able to devise a strategy for tackling it'
A Whitehall source said last week: ‘It’s important we don’t take a politically correct approach and pretend there is not a real problem here.
'Obviously abuse has been carried out by men from all sorts of ethnic background. But that doesn’t mean we cannot say there is an issue about groups of Pakistani men systematically targeting young white girls.’
Tory MP Margot James said: ‘On the face of it, this is an issue for all ethnicities, but there is a specific problem in certain Asian communities – specifically the Pakistani community – in too many cities to ignore the phenomenon.
‘Unless we recognise the problem, we won’t be able to devise a strategy for tackling it.
'It is very disappointing that this report has shied away from it, given the fact that some leadership is coming from within the Asian community. They need support.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236045/Anger-sex-abuse-report-Sue-Berelowitz-turns-blind-eye-Asian-gangs.html
Above post is my opinion unless it's a quote.