The spotlight is entirely on the 1,400 known cases of abuse in Rotherham, with only the occasional comment “it must have been going on elsewhere”.
According to the 2011 census 258,000 people lived in Rotherham, 2,927 people being of Pakistani origin and 551,800 people lived in Sheffield, 16,800 people being of Pakistani origin. Sheffield and Rotherham are next to each other and have the same entirely discredited South Yorkshire Police force.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Sheffield has also had large numbers of children abused in a similar manner and we should demand Mr David Crompton, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police reveal the number.
Almost without exception MPs have taken no responsibility for this failure to protect our children, surely the paramount duty of a society.
Either none of the abused went to their MPs, in which case what purpose do they serve, or they did, yet only Ann Cryer the former MP for Keighley out of 650 MPs considered it important enough to repeatedly bring the matter into the public domain.
Anyone who has no personal knowledge of sexual abuse should know that not only is the abused child very likely blighted for life but also their future partners, husbands and wives, children and grandchildren.
I am writing to my MP to ask how many abused children or their parents have been to him and what action he has taken. I urge everyone to do the same.
Unless we the people, now knowing what has been going on over years, hold those responsible to account, we are culpable.
This must not become yesterday’s news. Surely we’ve had enough “ lessons have been learned” and “systems have now been put in place”.
A Resident of Sheffield