A reminder – if really needed – that child sexual abuse is not all institutional:
Nine men have each been jailed for up to 20 years for inflicting an “appalling catalogue of degrading emotional and sexual abuse” on two girls which had “deprived them of their childhood”.
The gang was jailed for a total of nearly 133 years after being convicted of 22 offences including rape and inciting child prostitution.
The exploitation of the girls started when they were placed in a Bradford children’s home when they were both 14 and followed “a pattern which is all too familiar in cases of this kind”, a court heard.
They threatened with ‘indescribable violence’ by the men over a period of years and plied with drink and drugs.
The abuse continued after they left the care system, prosecutors said, and only came to light when one of the victims was interviewed by police in connection with another investigation into child sexual exploitation.
Meanwhile, Rotherham, the city that first opened the floodgate of “child grooming” gang investigations, continues to regurgitate its dark and disturbing secrets – this time reaching much higher up and much further back in time:
A member of the House of Lords has been charged with two counts of attempting to rape a girl.
Former Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, 61, is also charged with indecent assault of a boy under 13.
Prosecutors allege the offences took place between 1971 and 1974, when Lord Ahmed would have been aged between 14 and 17.
Two other men, Mohammed Farouq, 68, and Mohammed Tariq, 63, both from Rotherham, have also been charged.
All three men are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.
All three men, needless to say, are entitled at this stage to the presumption of innocence.
Makes you think how long has this horror been actually going on. As Tim Blair (not to be confused with Tony, who gave Ahmed his peerage) reminds us,
“There was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that,” a former Labour MP said after sexual assault atrocities were exposed five years ago in the UK. “I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.”
Boat wasn’t rocked but thousands of children were nevertheless overboard.