This week the people of Rotherham were left reeling with disbelief when it was discovered that over 1400 children, from one small town, have been abused and exploited over the last 16 years by gangs of Asian men, of mainly Pakistani decent.
The teenage girls, who were reportedly of a white majority (but not exclusively), were left to fend for themselves when the police systematically refused to take accusations seriously; instead implying that the girls were asking for it, and should clean themselves up in order to prevent such abuse. To prevent getting themselves raped; groomed; beaten; trafficked around the country; pimped out to god-knows-who only god-knows-where.
These young girls should have been listened to. Supported. Believed.
Instead they were treated with contempt. They were laughed at. Flung aside like criminals by those whose job was to protect.
Hardly any of the girls who were brave enough to report the crimes committed against them were believed. Hardly any of the men who committed the crimes were arrested. One was even invited to the ante-natal classes of the young girl he had raped, by her social worker, as if it was normal to rape a young teenage girl whilst your pregnant wife waited at home .
Although, in fairness it would not be right to cast negative light on the social workers; it was apparently only they that paid the girls cries any credence. They listened. They wrote down their observations. They took their reports to the appropriate places. The reports added up, and added up, and added up.
Yet no one listened.
Eventually, in 2001, a Home Office researcher, who was undertaking a project on child exploitation, wrote a letter to the then chief constable of the South Yorkshire police; this letter expressed concern regarding the lack of protection for children at risk in that area.
Still, the police did nothing.
The council did nothing.
For 16 long years nobody did anything.
Only this week has a report finally been released that outlines the damning extent of the abuse, and shows the absolute failure to confront it by those in power. The report further shows that the men and women of Rotherham council showed extreme tolerance for the vile criminals who perpetrated these crimes. In other words their abject avoidance of this issue was due to the fact that the criminals in question were Asian.
The council did nothing because the men were Asian.
This in itself is so obviously racist that it makes me want to cry in frustration at their ignorance. Evidently all Asians from a Pakistani decent want to rape young white girls. Hence, we can’t just arrest one or two gangs; that would be deemed racist.
Give me strength!
What’s more, the ensueing outcry by the media is dominated by those who devote their reporting to discussions of whether this is evidence of reverse racism. That is all they discuss.
For instance. Look at this extract from the Daily Express today:
Nicking ethnic perverts…
Christ on a bike! How can they get away with this sort of language? What really bugs me is that not once did he, in this whole article, mention the simple fact that it was a massive cover-up of men taking advantage of vulnerable young females. As if race was the only issue at point in this situation.
Like with Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris, and all the other politicians and celebrities revealed to be serial sexual offenders this last year; the members of these gangs are men who have taken of advantage of women or girls becuase they think that it is perfectly fine to do so.
That sex is theirs to take because they are of the superior gender.
I hate being this blatatently feminist but isn’t that what rape is, in essense? A man stealing what he thinks is his to take? Yes women are capable of sexually abusing men. However, at risk of generalisation, lets face it; most rape is, for obvious phallic reasons, conducted by men.
The men in question, who happened to be Asian, did what they did because they had no regard or respect for the young girls they preyed upon.
The issue of race is entirely secondary.
We should definitely be in uproar about the events in Rotherham this week – but not because of the fact that the perpetrators were Asian. Because, yet again, it shows that we in Britain uphold a habit of disbelief regarding rape; the burden is perpetually on the victim to prove that she is thus, rather than on the defendant to prove he is innocent.
This has to change.
Although the posters were part of a “Know Your Limits” drinking campaign which ran between 2005 and 2007, some surgeries and clinics are still displaying the offensive message.
This poster is evidence of a society that will always look to the woman to lay blame. The fact ever remains that if the woman says no, or is unable to say yes, it is rape. If it is rape it is the mans fault.
Getting this message across absolutely has to be the main lesson that we learn from this incident.
Not a message of hatred towards ethnic minorities.
It does not matter that this was racism. Or reverse racism. Or apologetic racism.
What does matter is that this was, plainly and simply, Misogyny.
And it has to stop.
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