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A woman who says she was groomed for sex while in the care of Rotherham social services has called for the resignation of police officers and social workers she claims were aware of the abuse.

The woman is one of four victims planning to sue Rotherham Council for ‘systematic failures to protect them’ from predatory men.

Speaking on the radio, the woman, who cannot be named, claimed the authorities were ‘well aware’ she was in a sexual relationship with a 24-year-old man while she was a girl.

She said: “I think it is a disgrace how the police and social services allowed it to happen.”

The woman also backed the decision by Coun Jahangir Akhtar, deputy leader of Rotherham Council, to stand down temporarily following allegations he knew abuse was going on.

She said: “I just think it’s disgraceful. The people that did know need to hang their heads in shame.”

Mr Akhtar resigned last week after a national newspaper claimed he knew of the relationship between one alleged abuser, to whom he is related.

He has denied the allegations and stepped down pending the outcome of a police investigation.

The woman said: “He should have done something and it’s inappropriate that he is a member of the council.

“I think a lot of other people should be stepping down, a lot of police officers and social workers. They were well aware of what was happening. They could have stopped it.”

South Yorkshire Police is investigating the allegations and said they would not be commenting further as they didn’t want to jeopardise a live investigation or put victims in danger. The force is reviewing all historical cases linked to child sexual exploitation at the request of Rotherham Council.