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Another grooming gang - Telford - up to 1000 girls as young as 11- going on for 40 years

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gluteustothemaximus Sun 11-Mar-18 16:34:10

Cannot believe what I am reading. Again.

Been going on for so long. And authorities did NOTHING.

'Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as “prostitutes” instead of victims, according to previously unseen files'

Some have been murdered, to send a message to the other girls not to talk.

sadangry doesn't even begin to cover it.

When will we take girls and women seriously?

gluteustothemaximus Sun 11-Mar-18 19:12:11

Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe.

ProfessorSprout Sun 11-Mar-18 19:56:53

This is just awful. Those poor poor girls.

I hope the investigation stirs a quicker investigation and further people being made accountable.

gluteustothemaximus Sun 11-Mar-18 20:44:19

It is so awful. I just don't understand how it went on for so long.

Surely when you believe the first victim, that should be it?

If you can't turn to the police and social services, who can you turn to.


ProfessorSprout Sun 11-Mar-18 21:11:09

There’s a part of me that thinks it’s a combination of a potential skill gap (of investigating something of this scale of abuse) and money (always an issue). It’s just awful.

TemporarySign Sun 11-Mar-18 22:56:37

I think it's, or at least it was, the old problem - policemen are men.

Women's bodies were considered public property in the 80s, 90s were not far out of them.

gluteustothemaximus Sun 11-Mar-18 23:24:08

I don’t think we’re past that problem either.

The current case of the rugby rape, shows once again, how women are just objects.

Just don’t know how a 14 year old can be pregnant and no one wonders how/who/when. And then she’s murdered.

One girl was getting the MAP twice a week! And no one followed that up.

KochabRising Mon 12-Mar-18 20:47:13

Horrendous. Just horrendous. And I’m not surprised - not after Rotherham (I’m from nearby, and similar things went in in my hometown, not that anyone’s bothered looking seriously yet...)

I personally think this is the tip of the iceberg - there is a lot more child abuse and at much higher levels that people want to imagine.

But it’s just women right, I mean who cares ? 🤬

TheSacredCow Mon 12-Mar-18 21:25:18

I also live in one of the towns where young women who are in care or who are from troubled or poor families, have been targeted, raped and tortured, by Asian, Muslim gangs.

It feels as though no-one cares. There is little coverage in the media, no protests by residents of the town, people don’t discuss it with each other, no Facebook campaigns or comment, as there would be about badger culls, trees being cut down etc. not suggesting these are trivial issues.

As far as I can see, people are terrified of being called racist because the elephant in the room is these gangs are almost entirely made up of men from a particular culture.

Perhaps, eventually, the taboo will be lifted and authorities will find the will to stop this from happening, because it is still going on in m6 town.

RedRedDogsBeg Mon 12-Mar-18 21:28:58

I think an old friend of mine was caught up in the fringes of this. She often spoke of stuff when we reached early 20's

I'm horrified

MissEliza Mon 12-Mar-18 21:58:59

Why does this take up such little media attention compared to the Harvey Weinstein scandal? It's heartbreaking to think of all the lives ruined because of this. It's literally a national scandal. We should be demanding our leaders to call into account the police officers and social workers who ignored these girls.

gluteustothemaximus Mon 12-Mar-18 22:53:51

It feels as though no-one cares. There is little coverage in the media

Yes, I feel the same. I don't know why it hasn't provoked national outrage.

Also, it highlights once again, how women are viewed right from a young age.

Some of the girls are now women approaching 50. How they have coped lived with this for so long, I have no idea.

PerfectlySymmetricalButtocks Tue 13-Mar-18 09:59:02

You don't cope with it gluteus. I'm 50, and what happened to me doesn't even come close to what these girls went through. It fucks you up for life.

gluteustothemaximus Tue 13-Mar-18 10:36:02

Perfectly flowers

Same here. Although, again, no where near what they went through.

I don't understand why we can't protect our children. That is the point of social services.

PerfectlySymmetricalButtocks Tue 13-Mar-18 10:46:48

They're too busy pestering families who don't need it.

DereksGotATail Tue 13-Mar-18 10:52:31

I'm sure it's just a matter of time before this sort of atrocity is uncovered in every city/town around the country sad

TheQueef Tue 13-Mar-18 13:01:05

Nothing is being done, even now.
I live very close to a chilling place (where the girls are pre loaded) and each night there is still one or two cars full.
The police come and move them on but nowt happens.

Until we stop protecting groups of male abusers and are able to discuss and refute any cover stories women will be abused wholesale.

gluteustothemaximus Tue 13-Mar-18 17:00:37

TheQueef - this is terrible. I don’t know what we can do?

We need refuges and safe places for young girls to be able to call and go to get away from this. Clearly the police are doing fuck all angry

EleanorTopaz Tue 13-Mar-18 20:39:44

You can tell by the lack of responses to this thread that even on Mumsnet, few people are concerned about the plight of these girls and young women.

FancyRibbon Tue 13-Mar-18 20:50:37

What a horrendous and unimaginably massive crime. How is this not front page news all over?

FancyRibbon Tue 13-Mar-18 21:29:15

Just gone up on BBC website, great work by the local MP Lucy Allan flowers

colouringinagain Tue 13-Mar-18 21:34:32

It's so horrendous sadangry

I do think less people respond to threads like this because it is just so awful and upsetting and depressing there are no words. Maybe.

But YES to those who've said there should be major national outrage!!!!

gluteustothemaximus Tue 13-Mar-18 23:23:13

I must admit, I thought this thread would be abundant with outrage and what can we do about it.

This brave young girl being interviewed here

gluteustothemaximus Tue 13-Mar-18 23:34:20

There’s a petition for an inquiry here:

ProfessorSprout Wed 14-Mar-18 06:24:19

@gluteustothemaximus there’s another thread in Feminist Chat that is active

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