Friday, September 12, 2014

Rotherham Is Everywhere

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky (left)
The New York Times had a piece this past week that added savage detail to the Rotherham story. Excerpt:
When parents reported their daughters missing, it could take 24 hours for the police to turn up, Ms. Jay said. Some parents, if they called in repeatedly, were fined for wasting police time. 
Some officers and local officials told the investigation that they did not act for fear of being accused of racism. But Ms. Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism. Her investigation heard that police referred to victims as “tarts” and to the girls’ abuse as a “lifestyle choice.” 
In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12. 
“These girls were often treated with utter contempt,” Ms. Jay said.  (more...)

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