Friday 24 February 2017

Great evils like sex abuse must not be covered up because of racism fears

David Quinn

David Quinn

Police in Cologne detain a supporter of German anti-immigration movement Pegida during a protest in reaction to mass sexual assaults on women in the city on New Year’s Eve – assaults that police were initially reluctant to report. Photo: Reuters
Police in Cologne detain a supporter of German anti-immigration movement Pegida during a protest in reaction to mass sexual assaults on women in the city on New Year’s Eve – assaults that police were initially reluctant to report. Photo: Reuters

Over the past two years, a string of child sex abuse scandals have come to light in the UK. I am not referring to those involving celebrities such as Jimmy Savile, or to the clerical abuse scandals, but to scandals centred on towns such as Rotherham in northern England.

An official 153-page report written by Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, found that a minimum of 1,400 girls were sexually abused and exploited over a 16-year period by gangs of men.

The report was released in 2014 and found that local authorities, including Rotherham Metropolitan Council, had failed to end the abuse and sometimes turned a blind eye to it.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice