Rotherham councillors told of child sex abuse problems a decade ago - but did nothing

Councillors and senior officers were told of the nightmarish extent of Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation problems a decade ago - but took no action, partly due to fears of being accused of racism, a damning report has revealed.

More than 1,400 children - in a town of roughly only 46,000 under-15s - were victims of sexual abuse between 1997 and 2013.

Alexis Jay with the report
Alexis Jay with the report

The majority of perpetrators were of Pakistani origin, with most of the child victims white. But there were concerns about identifying the ethnic origins of abusers because of fears staff could be perceived as ‘racist’.

 

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