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Rape Crisis responds to report into systematic sexual violence against children in Rotherham
29/8/2014


Responding to the publication of the independent report into the systematic sexual abuse of children in Rotherham, Rape Crisis England & Wales commented:

 

“The scale of sexual abuse of hundreds of girls in Rotherham is extremely disturbing and made more so by the absolute failure of police, council and others to intervene and stop it.

“This has to be a turning point in our national response to the sexual abuse of girls and young women by older men. No more excuses, no more attributing blame to the victims. We need to focus on the men who commit these crimes and on what has enabled them to get away with them for so long.

 

“Political leadership from the highest level must ensure this can never happen again. This should include a cross-party commitment to sustainable funding for specialist support services for sexual violence survivors.”

 

The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition said:

 

“Rotherham has to be the final wake up call. The systematic violation of women and girls by older men is clearly endemic – but it is not inevitable.

 

“Leaders in national and local government need to act now to end and prevent this abuse. They should begin by ensuring that every local authority has a joined up plan for ending violence against women and girls which requires schools, social workers, police and health workers to work together on preventing abuse.

 

“Sex and relationships education which is clear on consent, respect and equality must be compulsory in all schools.

 

“And as a society we must tackle the attitudes which condone abuse and make excuses for some men’s abusive behaviour. It is everyone’s responsibility to be involved in ending this.”