Across the land, fingers are flying over moderation panels on a thousand websites – deleting any mention of Rotherham and Pakistanis in the same comment. There is more cant and hypocrisy around today than I have seen for many a year.
If you want to read the source document for this latest outrage it is HERE. For some reason, the main stream media would rather you read their ‘take’ on the situation than look at the actual document.
In short, 1,400 girls under the age of 18 – ‘children’ in legal parlance – were found to be having sex with men over the age of 18. Some of the girls were as young as 11 which means the legal definition changes from ‘sexual abuse’ to rape’. Some of the girls were ‘beyond the care and control’ of their parents and hence under the care of the local council. Some of the girls were subjected to grievous bodily harm – one had petrol poured over her; utterly horrendous. Most of the men were of Pakistani origin. None of the girls was dragged out of the bushes – all had chosen, unwisely, illegally, naively, to become involved with these men.
It depends which of the previous statements in the preceding paragraph irks you most as to how high your knee is jerking today.
IF it is the fact that ‘children’ were engaging in sex with grown men – then don’t muddy the waters by leaving me endless comments concerning what the Qur’an says and how Mohammed was married to a nine year old – it is irrelevant.
You are dismissing the harm done to every other ‘child’ engaging in sex with a grown man. ‘Plied with alcohol by a Pakistani’ and ‘bought an exotic cocktail by that grinning young man’ in the holiday snaps from Ibiza have the same effect. Get your own child back from that holiday in their friend’s house in Rock, lock them up this instant – because the chances are that they are happily being abused by ‘David’, the older son of that nice couple with the burgeoning IT business in the converted barn down the road.
Sex under the age of 18 with a person over the age of 18 doesn’t magically become damaging depending on their occupation – DJ? – or the colour of their skin. In order to not be hypocritical – you must make sure your child is home every day before darkness falls – no more parties at friend’s houses, no more trips to the south of France, no more discos. During the day time hours, you must escort them everywhere.
IF it is the fact that those girls were in the care of the local council – then look to yourself. They were in the care of the local council because their parents couldn’t control them – and parents have a lot more ability to lock the door and keep their children under control than the council do. I see no logical reason why being paid by the government to ‘care’ for these children should be treated any differently to ‘choosing’ to care for children that you have brought into the world. You have failed to prevent them from engaging in sexual relations before the age of 18 – if you want to see ‘heads roll’ for what has occurred in Rotherham – then let us see parental heads roll too. Same penalties.
IF you are one of the eager beaver legal beagles that is pushing for ‘mandatory reporting’ – then push for mandatory reporting of everyone that is aware of an under 18 year old engaging in illegal sexual relations – parents, journalists, club owners, everyone. Child abuse doesn’t magically become a heinous crime according to who knew about it, and how much money the agency employing them has available for a tort. I don’t accept ‘selective responsibility’.
IF you are one of the people that is – quite understandably – upset at the thought of an 11 year old having petrol poured over her, then ask yourself ‘who knew about this’? Did she tell anyone? Was it reported to the Police? I’ll be right behind you, nay in front of you, demanding that heads roll, if you can show me that an 11 year old told the police or a social worker that she had had petrol poured over herself the night before – and they ‘dismissed’ this. The police weren’t told until years later – at the time, both the parents and the child elected not to tell police. Of course they were frightened of retribution – but that is a separate issue – neither the Police nor Social Workers are mind readers.
I am well aware that the major issue here is that the perpetrators were Pakistani. I have heard all the arguments that it is a ‘cultural matter’, that the girls were treated as ‘white meat’ – and the equally abhorrent and hypocritical argument that the ‘colour of their skin doesn’t matter to me – this was child abuse’. You should be campaigning for full blooded apartheid – reprehensible South African version – blood tests to decide genetic origin before marriage. Rotherham isn’t ‘worse’ because of the colour of the penis.
It is child abuse, applied to every girl and boy under the age of 18 who engages in sexual relations with a person over the age of 18 of any colour, and of any occupation, in any premises.
Come back here and tell me that you have found a way to ensure that every child under 18 is escorted, protected, and prevented from getting into any situation that might be construed as holding sexual possibilities – and that you are prepared to accept that you might end up being jailed for allowing your 15 year old to go on that summer holiday she is badgering you about – or that the juicy story you have just been told about a celebrity means that you too are complicit in failing to report ‘child abuse’ and that means jail, no matter how ‘busy’ you have been on other stories.
Don’t be selective – all children are valuable.
I really have had enough of ‘child abuse’ being used as a political football, the foundation of a career in media, an excuse to let your inner racist out, or a new ‘head’ for damages by expansionary legal firms.
It’s not ‘heinous’ when carried out by Pakistani perpetrators on girls in the care of the council and ‘cute’ when you pick up your Daily Mail and read of the great grand-mother of 35 and 4 generations of the family now that 13 year old Sharon has given birth.
5,991 girls under the age of 16 became pregnant in 2011 – that is just the figure for those who didn’t take the morning after pill, and didn’t use contraception…
That makes an awful lot of you reading this who should be looking at their own complicity in allowing ‘child abuse’ before calling for heads to roll over Rotherham. The decent ‘background’ attached to that penis your son or daughter was playing with last night doesn’t make it any ‘different’ you know.
Thank you. Over and Out. Rant over.
Perhaps Ms Raccoon should go back to bed for an hour or so….