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A town whose authorities allowed child-rape to go on for a decade, but which now bans marches objecting to child-rape, is setting up a whole new narrative of victimhood from which no good can possibly come.


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Gillian M (11)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:09 am
The feeling remains that these child-rape crimes are still passed over or covered up. An independent official inquiry found failures at every level of the institutions of state. Crimes of this nature are still being kicked under the carpet -- for reasons of "political correctness" -- with no concern for harm done to the children. The issue is a true tinderbox.

Last week, the local council in Rotherham moved to ban anti-child grooming marches. But by even thinking of banning these marches, the members of the Rotherham council are making ones of the greatest mistakes imaginable. People will assume there is something even worse going on.

A town whose authorities allowed child-rape to go on for a decade, but which now bans marches objecting to child-rape, is setting up a whole new narrative of victimhood from which no good can possibly come. Howls of rage -- especially such howls -- must be protected speech, especially when they have a basis in fact.

There are some decisions so stupid that a person who lacked restraint might howl. One such case arose last week in the Britain.

For years, the issue of the "grooming" of young girls by Muslim men, mainly of Pakistani origin, has been a subterranean issue in Britain. Reports of such trends have circulated for most of the last fifteen years. They have been treated not just with fear but with dread.

Eleven years ago, in 2004, Channel 4 television was going to broadcast a documentary called "Edge of the City." It included footage of parents of girls as young as 11 who had been groomed for sex by gangs of men described as "Asian." But there was a problem. The European Parliament elections were coming up. The extremist and allegedly racist British National Party was expecting to do well in those elections in certain parts of the North of England. The organization "Unite Against Fascism," (a group that often behaves pretty fascistically, itself) was among the associations calling for the documentary to be pulled. The timing was certainly problematic: leaders of the BNP, among others, were boasting that the documentary would favor its party as if it were a political broadcast. The police joined those expressing concern; Channel 4 decided not to broadcast the program until after the elections.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Channel 4's decision, it proved final. No one wanted to help extremist groups that might take advantage of this story. But the story was there and needed reporting. The scandal over the delay in the broadcast played into a growing narrative -- not without foundation, as it turns out -- that there was an attempt at the highest levels, including the police and local authorities, to downplay the report.

That view has persisted ever since. It is only because of the fearless Times of London, its journalist Andrew Norfolk, and a tiny handful of others, that some of the rape-gang cases have been given the front-page attention they deserve.

In recent years, the public has learned not just that the crimes have been more numerous than anyone could have imagined, but also that they have also been more widespread. And it is not only in the North of England that these "grooming" cases have emerged.

Two years ago, in the Operation Bullfinch trial at the Old Bailey in London, seven men, all of Muslim background, were found guilty on 59 counts of child grooming and exploitation. The details of the case are painful: they include the drugging and gang rape of at least six underage girls over a period of several years. These rapes took place not in some "forgotten" Northern town, but in and around the university city of Oxford. Crimes of a similar nature have finally begun to come to court in recent years. Newspapers such as the Times deserve a huge amount of credit for covering them soberly, carefully and prominently.

The feeling remains, however, that these child-rape crimes are still passed over or covered up. The results of an independent official inquiry into the exploitation of young girls in Rotherham, reported last year, found failures at nearly every level of the institution of state. "The Jay Report" found that at least 1400 girls had been victimized in the Rotherham area alone, between 1997 and 2013. The report also mercilessly exposes how the police, council and social services were all found to have failed utterly throughout the period in question. A more damning cross-section of institutional failure could hardly be imagined.

Yet, even in the wake of that national scandal, the taboo on this subject apparently remains. Last week, in Bradford, 14 men and a 16-year-old male were charged with offenses "relating to rape and sexual abuse of a child under 16." The offenses are alleged to have occurred between 2011 and 2012. The men, most of whom are in their twenties, but the oldest of whom is 62, constitute a sadly familiar list of surnames: Khan, Ali, Mahmood, Younis, Hussain. Although reported in the local press, the case has warranted only a single, bare-bones BBC news story in the national press. It may be that the national press is waiting for the trial to commence -- or might it be that there are other things going on? And so there are. Crimes of this nature are still being kicked under the carpet -- for reasons of "political correctness" -- with no concern for the harm done to the children. The issue is a true tinderbox.

That brings me to what is so howl-worthy. In the midst of all this -- all the undeniable years of cover-up, avoidance and fear that extremist groups would prey off the story -- public anger is exploding in towns where such grooming has gone on. In parts of the North of England, there have been protests against the grooming of underage girls. Some of these may take unpleasantly generalizing form -- it may for instance include people who wrongly claim that "all Muslims" are somehow responsible for these crimes. But so long as the protests are legal, they must be allowed to continue. Not everybody has a column in the national press or can make voices heard on the airwaves. This does not mean that some of the groups that organized these protests -- including the English Defence League and a group called "Britain First" -- are at all savory. But it is possible to imagine a decent local person wanting to make his voice heard, and wanting to march against the wholesale failure of the authorities of the town that has made itself so infamous.

But now, apparently, the local council in Rotherham is hoping to remove even that power from the people of the town. Last week, the local council in Rotherham moved to request from the Home Secretary emergency powers to ban anti-child grooming marches in the Rotherham area. The reason, they said, is one of expense. According to a local paper, one protest alone last September cost the town more than a million pounds -- undeniably, a terrible drain on resources.

Nobody would deny that such protests -- and the counter-protests -- might constitute a great nuisance for businesses and others in the Rotherham area. But by even thinking of banning these marches, the members of the Rotherham council are making one of the greatest mistakes imaginable. That grooming has gone on in the area and been covered up or ignored by the authorities is not just an opinion -- it has been proven. Public grievance about such horrors is understandable. But if lawful expressions of this grievance are banned, then only one thing can happen: People will assume that there is something even worse going on. A town whose authorities allowed child-rape to go on for a decade, but which now bans marches objecting to child-rape, is setting up a whole new narrative of victimhood from which no good can possibly come. Howls of rage -- especially such howls -- must be protected speech, especially when they have a basis in fact.

Donna T (0)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:29 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:44 am
Disgusting--and the Vatican is just as repulsive. thanks

Maggie D (69)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 9:31 am
"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them." Paul Valery
This is something we should be concerned about too. Thanks, Penny, noted.

pam w (139)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 3:08 pm
Religion ruins everything.

Shil O (0)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 12:15 am
"A town whose authorities allowed child-rape to go on for a decade, but which now bans marches objecting to child-rape, "
" That grooming has gone on in the area and been covered up or ignored by the authorities is not just an opinion -- it has been proven."

I can only think of one reason that this was kept under the radar--- could it possibly be that members of these authorities were availing themselves of these child services

Hilary S (65)
Thursday June 4, 2015, 1:16 am
ou have to wonder what it would take to turn the tide on this shameful collusion in suffering and lawlessness?

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday June 5, 2015, 2:35 am

Penny - it seems to me that you're quite involved with this horrific scandal in England although you declare that you're living in the US. I truly hope that you're not personally affected.

I do appreciate your fine nose in digging for pictures which befit the true intention of your message(s). It would not have been befitting if you'd have chosen the image of e.g. the Rotherham Council as it contains only white and neat-looking people I'd assume ... after all they're responsible for the banning of the march, non?

As I said in my posting to Arild which I placed a few minutes ago in

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday June 5, 2015, 2:41 am
Sorry - this got lost:

As I said in my posting to Arild which I placed a few minutes ago in your article with the same subject a few days ago - One Million … -:

“While I'm all for it that any and every abuse involving children and animals is brought to light and I do fight for the strongest possible punishment of ALL perpetrators I'm totally against this one-sided reporting and digging up stories by our "Islamophobic Jihadists". At times I'm tempted to put in one of the many links to equally sick doings in the Jewish community. Why Jewish you may ask? Because practically all of our good Jihadists (some 98%) had initially stated their religion/affiliation on their profiles before "neutralizing" or hiding them. But I refuse to stoop down to their level.

What gets me is that such barbarities - ”One of the most horrifying sex rings in memory” - too fly under their radars because again: it doesn't involve Muslims. I fell on this website because of an animal story on Care2 where a dog's muzzle had been restored after severe abuse by a human. and I was simply shocked at the amount of such and similar reports in the USA.”

I would fully support your efforts and help you, Penny, in fighting these horrible acts of child abuse if it weren’t that in your honesty you and your friends show time and again that your concern has nothing at all to do with the wellbeing of any child.

It’s so sad that you discard the plight of truly Millions of other children who suffer equally; Jewish, Christian, Atheist et al. children who also would be deserving of your attention and help.

And for what? Just to trash Islam? Aren’t there plenty of other ways that you and your friends can do this if it makes you so happy?

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday June 5, 2015, 2:55 am

What is it that you don’t like in the set-up of the Rotherham Council, Penny, and, hence, wouldn’t want to post a picture of those responsible for this terrible cover-up? That many responsible are (white) women? Or is it because they’re white Christian women? Or … what is it, Penny?

Rotherham: the council leaders who presided over child abuse scandal

The author of the Rotherham child abuse report said that by 2005 'nobody could say "I didn't know"' about child sexual exploitation in the town. But who was in charge?

By Gordon Rayner, Martin Evans and John Bingham, 10:00PM BST 27 Aug 2014

The woman who presided over the last five years of failure as the boss of children’s services at Rotherham Council is the same executive who removed three children from their foster parents because they were Ukip voters.

Joyce Thacker, the £130,000-a-year Strategic Director of Children’s Services at the scandal-hit council, is among the senior managers who are now under pressure to resign following the “excoriating” report into child sexual exploitation in the town.

Although she is not named as being culpable for the failure to protect 1,400 abused children in the report, as the head of children’s services since 2008 Mrs Thacker is among those whose positions now appear to be under threat.

The report by Professor Alexis Jay said child sexual exploitation had carried on largely unchecked between 1997 and 2013, the period she was asked to examine, but “continues to this day”.

Nick Gibb, the Education Minister, said on Wednesday that those who made policy decisions that contributed to the scandal “should be held to account”.

Mrs Thacker, who joined the Council as deputy head of children’s services in 2006, is already a controversial figure following her decision two years ago to remove three ethnic minority children from their foster parents because of their affiliation to Ukip.

After The Telegraph drew attention to the foster parents’ plight, Mrs Thacker refused to back down, saying the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs” did not fit in with the parents’ “strong views”. She said their support for Ukip meant they opposed “multiculturalism”.

Last year, during an appearance before Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee to give evidence on child grooming in Rotherham she told MPs: “I do not think I would fully accept that we have failed dismally to deal with the issue.”

When asked why there had been so few people brought to justice for child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, she replied: “Prosecution is the icing on the cake.”

Mrs Thacker lives with her husband in a four-bedroomed house in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Among the others who played key roles during the time the child sexual exploitation was going on were:

Dr Sonia Sharp
Joyce Thacker’s immediate predecessor as strategic director of children's services, serving between 2005 and 2008.

Professor Jay said yesterday that by 2005 “nobody could say ‘I didn’t know’” about child sexual exploitation because of a wealth of information available to council managers, including two previous reports which had identified the problem by then.

Yet during Dr Sharp’s leadership scores and perhaps hundreds of children were being abused in Rotherham.

Dr Sharp has since emigrated to Australia and now holds a senior post at the Victoria Department of Education in Melbourne.

She was hired as a department deputy secretary in March 2012 to head its Early Childhood and School Education Group. When the media in Australia became aware of her background, she said: “Addressing sexual abuse was taken extremely seriously by all concerned and we were committed to taking action to prevent this awful and damaging blight on children’s lives.”

A spokesman for the state’s education department said at the time: “Since arriving in Australia, Dr Sharp continues to be a highly regarded and respected leader in education and early childhood development.”

Diane Billups
As executive director of education from 2001 to 2005, Mrs Billups, 67, spent the last 15 months of her career setting up a children and young people’s service to bring together education, social care and health for the first time.

When she retired in 2005, she said: “Nothing is more important than the well-being of every individual child, particularly the most vulnerable."

After a 36-year career in which she was awarded an MBE for her services to education, Mrs Billups was praised by Roger Stone, the council leader who resigned on Tuesday over the child abuse scandal, and Georgina Boyes, the cabinet member for education.

Councillor Boyes said at the time: “Di Billups has done a tremendous job for both the council and, more importantly, for the children and young people of Rotherham.”

A man who answered the door at her home near Scunthorpe last night said she was unavailable for comment.

Paul Lakin
The current cabinet member for children has been on the council since 1999, but claims he did not know the full extent of the scandal before the report came out. He also denied constituents or victims had raised it with him.

The Labour councillor, who worked as a manager in the steel industry until he retired in 2009, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am one of the councillors who has seen this through. It is about what councillors might have known. If people do not know, then they are not really in a position to do anything about it.

"I can categorically say that until I came into children's services in 2010 I was not aware of the depth and breadth of child exploitation in Rotherham."

Asked why no constituents or victims had ever raised the issue with him, Mr Lakin, 45, said: "I don't know... there are clearly some issues.”

Clair Pyper
The interim director of safeguarding children and families from 2012-2014, Mrs Pyper landed the job after taking voluntary redundancy from Slough Borough Council where she got a £239,000 payoff.

During her time at Slough, where she was director of education and children’s services, an Ofsted report found inadequate risk assessment and a failure by managers to instigate proper contingency planning for children subject to child protection plans.

Mrs Pyper, 60, now works as a consultant after setting up her own company in Ipswich two years ago.

Jahangir Akhtar
The former deputy leader of Rotherham Council resigned in August last year following a report in the Times newspaper that said he knew about a relationship between a 14-year-old girl and one of his relatives.

He later resumed his post after being cleared by the police of any blame, but lost his seat in the May elections to Ukip.

A former taxi driver, during his trial the 53-year-old was given a glowing reference from a former Rotherham police commander.

Related Articles, links on the site:
• Rotherham child sex scandal: chiefs who ignored abuse 'must quit'
27 Aug 2014
• 'Nobody at the council needs to resign' claims deputy leader
27 Aug 2014
• Town turned a blind eye to abuse of 1,400 children
26 Aug 2014
• Denis MacShane: I was too much of a 'liberal leftie' and should have done more to investigate child abuse
27 Aug 2014
• Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered' for being members of Ukip
23 Nov 2012
• Rotherham sex abuse: Theresa May calls for police chief to resign
27 Aug 2014

Past Member (0)
Friday June 5, 2015, 4:38 am
What would our life and future be?

TOM T (248)
Friday June 5, 2015, 6:51 am

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday June 5, 2015, 8:42 am
child - rape is such a horrible crime.

Sheila D (194)
Friday June 5, 2015, 10:27 am
Rape if any kind is unforgivable...that these were children and the rapes not stopped is beyond comprehension to me. Castrate All of the men involved, not sure what would be proper punishment for the women. However, they All should be put in prison for life...heard that convicts don't like child rapists...

Alvin King (2)
Friday June 5, 2015, 2:43 pm
Thanks for posting

Pamela Tracy (5)
Friday June 5, 2015, 2:57 pm
Sickness.......this country ignores many issues....child rape and child stalking has gone on apparently for 50 years...and more......because we are a global community we need not allow their cultures to thrive in our country.....and besides that our churches have not been good either. Intelligence today follows kids and trys to pick and not forget ...our country is not innocent......

Janet B (0)
Friday June 5, 2015, 3:18 pm

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday June 5, 2015, 4:58 pm

GGmaSheila - absolutely agree with you. And again - I fail to understand the reactions of international NGO's who are up in arms because there are 5 (pending appeal) death sentences here in Egypt against rapists. Their crime was especially despicable and resulted in the death of the victim. What should one make out of such reactions ... and then all the time cry out loud that rapists don't get punished in Islamic countries ... go figure!

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday June 6, 2015, 7:15 am
I hope that we are finally listening to the stories of those who have been abused and abandoned to their plight. The mistakes of the past must not be allowed to happen again, but I think that there are probably more instances to come out.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday June 6, 2015, 7:24 am
Disgusting and despicable people. Karma is a real bitch

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday June 6, 2015, 4:43 pm

Hi Penny - what woke you up?! I truly hope that you feel better after your totally unqualified ad hominem attack against me which is the perfect, absolute correct and only possible answer you could give to my revealing postings further up.

I can only begin to imagine how terrible it must feel to be exposed publicly as a bigoted hypocrite with a see-through agenda!

And thanks for the good laugh I had - it's amazing that you think yourself as being so important that I would hate you - LOL! Why on earth should I?

The opposite is the case; although I didn't accept your friend's request I do like you and your postings. It always gives me a chance to expose you and your ulterior motives down to the bare bones. The only thing I lament every now and then that I don't always have the time to look at your postings and comment on them. I hope you forgive me for that?

I have one little request though: would you please not tell my hubby that I seem to have become a Muslim behind his back? He might not like it too much ...

Sleep tight!

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 6, 2015, 9:26 pm

Gillian M (11)
Sunday June 7, 2015, 4:36 am
Eleanora, how is the truth about Mohammed an attack against you? All of this filth is in your holy book which you follow and I note that you have never denied this.

I also note that, whilst you are jumping up and down and complaining that you have failed to note & sign petitions which are against Muslims, my one against Quatar and their abuses of Nepalese workers, they wouldn't let them go back after the earthquakes because the Muslim controlled country regards them as slaves, over 1,000 have died due to abuses. Nor have you noted and signed Ros's petition on the child abuses in the UK. I think that shows EXACTLY how a MUSLIM thinks and behaves.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday June 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Penny??? You didn’t sleep well last night, did you? Sorry for that.

You don't get it - do you? You can attack Mohammed, Ahmed, Aly ... Shmuel, Moishele, Arik ... and whoever else as much as you like - why should I consider this an ad hominem attack against me? Maybe you have comprehension disabilities?

I profoundly REFUSE and consider it an ad hominem attack if you label me a criminal - "slaver, a murderer, incestuous, a necrophiliac and a pedophile" - by insinuating that I am part of such a criminal gang; that's what the people you describe are.

Although naturally you don't provide evidence that 2 Bio people get away with such heinous crimes and can and do continue committing them with impunity. Neither do you provide evidence that this is what they are commanded to do by their holy book as you state. But such are insignificant details, aren't they?

That is exactly what you're and yours are all the time insinuating as well as openly claiming to be the "truth" - and I and others stand up against your GENERALIZATION and slanderous labeling of ~ 1/3 of the world population as such despicable criminals.

Whether they're Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or whatever else doesn't matter - generalizations such as yours have only one aim: to dehumanize, vilify and delegitimize an entire religion only for the sake of following your ulterior agenda.

Standing up against people like you is not a question of defending a religion (or race, culture etc.) - it's a question of equal human rights for all. Something you and yours will never understand. It is unfathomable for you that there are people in this world who stand up for other people's human rights without having to have by default the same believes. You can't grasp such a concept as this seems to be asking too much.


Hahaha - me jumping up and down for failing to note and sign your stuff ... oy vey ... even humour/sarcasm is wasted on you. You don't seem to get that either.

But I’m still heartbroken that you have such a bad opinion about me … and I’ve noticed that you haven’t signed just by way of example my petition to free Krishna and Ghimire either.

Oh … and nor have you signed the one to free Hanna Gan … but those are Hindus and a Jewish woman so I guess they can rott … can they not? … as they obviously don’t matter to you. Nothing there that you could go and spew your hatred against Islam, eh? ... Although, the first one concerned Qatar and would have given you ample room to rant ...

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday June 7, 2015, 2:10 pm

Just to give you an idea, Penny:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

These are the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller - he spent some 7 years in Nazi concentration camps for opposing the system and its effects.

But I fully understand that you'd never understand how such a great person - a human being in the full sense of the word - thought and that he thankfully has plenty of followers who strive to do him honor and live by his words.


Evelyn B (61)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 6:34 am
It seems that individuals in any institution can act in ways that get them into trouble ....

Now it is Member of the Knesset
Arutz Sheva: Genderist MKs on the Warpath: MK Hazan Is 'a Pimp'

ALL perpetrators of sex trafficking should be punished, whoever they are.

NO mainstream religion actively promotes this (although there do seem to be some strange perversions within cults)

To try to use any opportunity to shift focus to an Islam-hate process is shameful.

Hate the traffickers, hate the rapists, hate the clients who make such trafficking economically viable ... but do stop the racist pattern of generalising to a religion when all you are basing your hate upon is the messages shared among fellow Islamophobic people.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 1:50 pm

Evelyn - thanks for your valuable comment although I believe it's a wasted effort. One can't talk logic into a heart-filled mind which is shut to reality and facts. We know that traffickers, rapists, criminals of all sorts are to be found in every religion, race, culture and nation.

But as you pointed out ... this is not in the book because all they want is to dehumanize and delegitimize an entire religion and its roughly 2 Bio followers. It's a perfect copy of what Hitler and his followers did to the Roma, Sinti, Jews and all the other millions of victims of the Nazi regime. They just can't see it - or don't want to? - because their blinders are wrapped tightly!

fly bird (26)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 9:09 pm
stars, Eleonora! ********************

Kamia T (89)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 11:16 am
If true that the authorities knew very well that this was happening, then I hope they suffer the strongest possible punishment, including losing ALL their private parts!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 3:11 pm
Oops ... saw Kamia'sposting and realize that obviously my fingers had something else in mind then what I was thinking ...

In my posting above it should naturally read instead of "into a HATE-filled mind...".

As for your wish Kamina - while I do understand your emotions ... you may have noticed that 2/3 of the members of the Council are women - yes, women; white Christian women! What do you suggest we do with them?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:47 pm
Cannot believe this, this is so wrong!
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