1400 is a huge number. 1400 is the number of people in some sports stadiums. 1400. Fourteen hundred. One thousand Four hundred. 1400.
1400 is a conservative estimate of the number of under-aged girls raped in the town of Rotherham. Rotherham is a suburb (metropolitan borough) in South Yorkshire, UK. 1400 is NOT all of the rapes that occurred in the United Kingdom, or even England, nor is it the number of all rapes in South Yorkshire, just a conservative estimate from 1 tiny area, a suburb of Sheffield.
What happened there? Where are the police? Where is the Borough Council, where is the mp (member of parliament)? Where is protective services?
It all seems to have started in 1997, further investigation will be needed to verify that time frame, as some reports indicate a start date of the early 1990s. In 2010, eight men were tried in Shieffield Crown Court, of which 5 (Zafaran Ramzan, Razwan Razaq, Umar Razaq, Adil Hussain, and Mohsin Khan) were convicted and sentenced to minor prison sentences (9, 11, 4.5, 4 and 4 years respectively). In 2012, The Times of London conducted an investigative report which found the abuse was much more wide-spread then previously reported. Just last week, Professor Alexis Jay, who had led the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham for the borough council released a report.
A quick overview shows a sampling of 15 girls [starting at section 5.21], the vast majority were not helped in any substantial way by police or protective services. Many continue to be abused. Few families had any recent follow-up interviews as some had to leave the area in order to protect the child. Protection from not only the grooming, but brutal rapes, psychological abuse, assaults on them and their families (including at least one case where a brother of a victim had both legs severely broken in order to keep her silent), a campaign of intimidation including gang members conducting open surveillance on the victims in their homes, threatening messages on social media, and even physical assaults. Over 100 young girls became pregnant, with many being forced by their rapists to get abortions. These are only a few of the incidents that occurred, where this abuse went on for almost two decades.
While the report only lightly touched on the exploitation of young boys by these so-called “grooming gangs”, the grooming of young boys is thought to be widespread, and vastly under-reported, with many cases being refereed to LGBT organizations (being treated as cases of sexual confusion as opposed to rape).
For those of you who think that heads should roll, for the 1400 victims of the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation scandal, well, that won’t happen.
A strong fear of being labeled a racist (all of the victims are white and all of the abusers are Asian aka Middle Eastern, no doubt victims of other ethnicities were also abused but have not yet come forward due to cultural taboos),
bureaucratic indifference (numerous previous reports were either suppressed or ignored),
political pandering (Rotherham is a Labour stronghold, the term rotten borough most often used to describe Rotherham, who has faithfully elected Labour since 1933),
a police service that at the most basic level is severely understaffed and overburdened with burgeoning population with many residents who have no understanding of British laws or even language,
lack of training and incompetence at all levels of the labyrinthine bureaucracy surrounding the agencies charged with the protection of children from rapists,
a media with the attention span of a goldfish,
and a generally indifferent population more interested in meaningless over-hyped events like the hacked naked pictures of Kate Upton then the lives of 1400 innocent children,
all these things combine to form a toxic blanket of hopelessness and helplessness for the victims and their families.
As far as the abusers, they will not be prosecuted, and they will continue to abuse, rape, and even murder our young girls and boys.
More to follow, as there is much more information on these horrific events.