But more importantly, here’s a link to the ACTUAL report.
So, what’s the scoop?
Let’s grab it straight from the NYT article.
A report released on Tuesday on accusations of widespread sexual abuse in the northern England city of Rotherham found that about 1,400 minors — some as young as 11 years old — were beaten, raped and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 as the local authorities ignored a series of red flags.
Some children were doused in gasoline and threatened with being set on fire if they reported their abusers, the report said, and others were forced to watch rapes and threatened with the same fate. In more than a third of the cases, the victims appear to have been known to child protection agencies, but the police and local government officials failed to act.
Within hours of the report’s publication, the leader of the local government council resigned.
“Having considered the report, I believe it is only right that I, as leader, take responsibility on behalf of the council for the historic failings that are described so clearly in the report, and it is my intention to do so,” said Roger Stone, the leader of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council since 2003.
Wow. That’s pretty frickin’ horrific. That works out to roughly a new girl being sexually abused every 4 days.
Let’s keep going, and see where the controversy comes up.
Again, from the NYT article:
The vast majority of perpetrators have been identified as South Asian and most victims were young white girls, adding to the complexity of the case. Some officials appeared to believe that social workers pointing to a pattern of sexual exploitation were exaggerating, while others reportedly worried about being accused of racism if they spoke out. The report accused officials of ignoring “a politically inconvenient truth” in turning a blind eye to men of Pakistani heritage grooming vulnerable white girls for sex.
Uh oh. I’m guessing you can see where the outcry is coming.
And to make things worse…
Three earlier reports, published from 2002 to 2006, detailed the abuse, and according to Ms. Jay, “could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham.” But the first one was “effectively suppressed” and the other two “ignored,” she said.
Some officials were apparently ordered by their managers to withhold information on the ethnic origin of the abusers, the report said. As a result, no contact was made with local Pakistani leaders for help in identifying gangs that continued to assault and abduct teenagers.
So, it might seem like the situation was kept under wraps for 16 years in order to protect the primarily-Pakistani dudes. MY GOD LOOK WHAT THE POLITICALLY CORRECT MOVEMENT HAS CAUSED. IT CAUSES HORRIFIC SHIT LIKE THIS TO BE COVERED UP.
Here is an inaccurate analysis of the situation and why the situation got as screwed up as it did (which is incredibly screwed up FYI-none of this post is condoning what was done here).
Except that’s not what the report actually says.
Here, I’m passing it off to Lord Squishy from Sufficient Velocity, actual lawyer and good debater, who breaks down the report. It’s a bit long, but worth looking over. Look below these two images for a Tl;DR.
The last sentence is an important one: This appears to be a situation where there were a multitude of factors which differed significantly depending on where your position was in the hierarchy.
“But wait Adarsha!” you say. “What are those multitude of factors?”
Ask and ye shall receive. This stuff is all in the report, but I didn’t take photos and put them here because this is already a pretty pic-heavy post, and honestly it’s not too hard to find the actual information (going off of Squishy’s post below) in the report if you know what to look for.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of pencil-pushers and middlemen in the office who probably had no idea what was going on. The amount of people going “AW YEA SCANDAL FORMING PEOPLE GETTING RAPED AND I’M GONNA NOT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT EM AND LAUGH AND DRINK COFFEE WHILE TWIRLING MY POINTED MOUSTACHE” was probably a very small set. The reality is more complicated.
But what about the whole Pakistani thing? Doesn’t the fact that a large fraction of the perpetrators were Pakistani mean anything? Or their culture/set of values?
Well, yea. But not necessarily what you think. The screwed up ideals/values that lead to these atrocities are not uniquely Pakistani. You can find similar versions anywhere in the world, regardless of ethnicity. Rape/abuse culture do not intrinsically belong to any one people. It is an issue that can be found among any race (as meaningless of a term as that is biologically).
First, I want to reiterate: I am not condoning any of the cases of abuse. These are all horrific, and this is still a scandal of huge proportions. But this scandal was not caused by a desire to be politically correct. Only those with an agenda against certain groups will claim that.
I ask them to not politicize the abuse of 1400 girls and abuse the horrifying acts simply to slander groups they don’t like for no valid reason.
Finally, I extend my sincerest condolences to those girls and their families. Hopefully, bringing this scandal to light can bring out reforms (and more funding) to ensure that things like this don’t happen again.