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Thousands Of Children Raped And Abused
At least 2,409 children were raped or abused by gangs or groups in England between August 2010 and October 2011, according to the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Its interim report - the most in-depth investigation to date of child exploitation by gangs and groups in England - found a further 16,500 children were at "high risk" of abuse.
Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz told Sky News the figures were likely to be an "under-counting".
"Agencies across England are not sufficiently aware of the warning signs and they are not taking action to protect children," she said.
"There are, of course, some who are doing good work on this, but too many are not taking this seriously enough, which means some children are falling through the net.
"It's a very, very worrying situation. It's absolutely not good enough that there are children in need of protection and are not being protected."
Much of the evidence presented in the report is too harrowing and graphic to be reported here.
It comes just months after nine Asian men, who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs, were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.
But Ms Berelowitz insisted the scenario of Asian men targeting white girls was "just one of a number of models", and warned that if investigators concentrate on those patterns, victims could be missed.
White men form the largest group of perpetrators in gangs and groups, according to the report.
Some 28% of the victims brought to the attention of the inquiry were from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
The report looks at the nature of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
It also highlights the use of mobile phones, social networking sites and other forms of technology through which perpetrators groom, bully and pursue victims - and the impact of violent pornography.
The report authors say it is "clear that sexually exploited children are not always identified even when they show signs of being victims".
They are now calling for "urgent action" to make sure that all agencies are made explicitly aware of the warning signs of child exploitation, and act on them.
Those signs include children going missing, offending, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harming and mental health problems.
It is also encouraging agencies to share information and work together.
Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's children and young people board, said: "While these are uncomfortable lessons for the organisations tasked with looking after children, they will help to ensure improvements are put in place to better protect young people in future."
Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: "This report quite clearly shows that the terrible problem of children being groomed for sexual abuse is widespread and needs urgent action to bring it to a halt.
"Sex offenders come from all backgrounds but, if there is a problem with one community in a particular area, we must be bold enough to address it and not just turn a blind eye."
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the evidence should act as "a wake-up call to the Government and other agencies that urgent action is needed".
If you are a child or young person affected by abuse or exploitation, you can call Childline for advice and support 24 hours a day on 0800 11 11.
If you are an adult who needs support or information, or are concerned about a child or young person, call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
what do you think?
Why would these children report it when they see the same sentences handed out to offenders as we do fix the punishment system give these kids hope that something meaningfull would actually come of reporting it and the benefit of really harsh sentences would perhaps put a lot of the offenders of offending in the first place at the moment a few months maybe a couple of years in prison isnt exactly a deterent is it
This is too much to comprehend.their ought a special police unit similar to the vice squad to be set up to target these gangs on a national scale.this is sickening news.these offenders should be castrated be it chemically, though id rather much worse things to be done to them.
chemical castration only works as long as they keep taking the tablets it's not a one off treatment the only foolproof way is to lop them off
Yes Paul I agree. Off with the whole lot. Preferably using a rusty hacksaw blade.
maybe its about time the police diverted some time and resources from investigating 50 year old crimes supposedly committed by ageing rockers and dead disc jockeys. Whats happening now is on an industrial scale but because no big names are involved the police and the press are apathetic the police should be spurred into action from a government level. Unlike these old celebrity crimes where theres little chance of prosecution,these latest ones are being done by criminals very much in circulation and are very catchable.The police should not be compensation chasers for the Savile claimants but alleviating misery on our streets today.
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targeting white girls was "just one of a number of models", and warned that if investigators concentrate on those patterns, victims could be missed. Can't you read All races.
Given the exposure, I sincerely doubt. And considering there is a long notorious list of sexual abuse instigated by the majority population aka British 'white,' one wonders why ethnicity is given more importance than the actual heinous behaviour itself
yes they have to say all races other wise they would be racist as for can I read maybe you should learn to read yourself I said predominantly wich means others are involved and in Blackburn Leeds Birmingham and like the main culprits are Asian that's FACT that was well documented in the TV programme or maybe the program was made by racists
But you do realise what that other chap said right? Since the ethnic majority in this country are British 'white?'
That's because they all walk free from court or get a fine and the soft sentences we are going to be the new Thailand the way its going here its a discrace
I sincerely doubt that
At least in Thailand you go to prison your more likely to go to prison for not paying tax than crimes towards children
This country's priority is all wrong, it's much more important for legislation to be directed to investigate football players and referees who may, (calm down now, don't get excited) who MAY have used a few naughty words, in our culturally enriched country. (This could, although it may not be a government anouncement)
Too much government and police emphasis on penalising motorists (the easy option) and not enough on PROPER criminals
I know the Nation didn't give a monkey's about the PCC election but maybe this is the sort of thing we, the caring citzens could get them to prioritise??
There is one way and only one way to cut crime, particularly of this sort ;- " Make imprisonment something that strikes terror into people`s hearts " Forget about rehabilitation and concentrate on crime prevention.
our children need protecting by our government, there is no cure for these child abusers, why should decent people pay for them to be in prison, any person who sexually abuses children should be taken off this earth.... it would be interesting to know what nationality these abusers are as it does seem to be that more report of exploiting these children is in later years we have let our country be wide open to all corners of the world... our government should start off protecting the british population... lets get out of the eu.
Given the majority of sexual abuse cases on our shores are perpetrated by the 'British White' population as genuine statistics and the report in question suggests I find your point of targetting the ethnicity of the perp moot. The victims need more support.
Dr Monica Everything is Muslims fault, ain't you worked that out yet.
For one thing, Dr_MonicaK, the article does not mention white British, although as this group constitues 83% of the population, it would be no surprise that absolute number of perpertrators far within this group. However, it does mention perpertrators with minority backgrounds as 28% of the absolute numbers, yet these minorities only constitute 10.1% as percentage of population - go figga
I SEE THAT ALL THE COMMENTS THAT INVOLVED THE WORD ASIAN HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF ENOUGH SAID
Well its obvious your reading and interpretation skills are fogged by your racist attitude. These crimes are a worldwide problem. Is jimmy saville, Gary glitter Asian. How many British go to Asia for these types of activity?
I have been waiting for you to comment ail and you never fail to come out with the same rubbish and your comments have nothing to-do with being Asian
I am middle eastern. This is a world wide problem. And you are trying to make out that 1 race is worse then others. What about the eastern European mafia, Russian mafia. British celebs etc.
Perhaps it's more about what the comments have said about asians rather than the use of the word "asian" Paul.
And Paul always comes out with some racist rubbish.
Biggest proportion of under age abusers of children in British prisons are white English men. FACT
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Well thats blooming obvious ali the majority of men in this country are white.Fact.stupid comment.
well its not so obvious shaun cause read peoples comments and you will start seeing a trend of people blaming muslims for everything as for you russel says it all really, maybe you should wonder why people plant bombs on buses, maybe its something to do with foreign policies?
That may well be FACT but I think you will find that when you look into the FACTS of the abuse GANGS of white men were not involved in the abuse. That having been said ANY sexual abuse is to be condemed! Maybe this is something our new PCC's ccan prioritise??
Michael when i worked in children's homes we were aware, as were the police, of gangs of white men behaving like this, It's been known for years
Wake up, Michael, of course there are gangs of white men operating. They are in the majority - something racists/Little Englanders on here find hard to take, which goes against everything they try to peddle.
Peaple on here need to stop making this a race issue.its the same worldwide.
Absolutely Shaun it'a a global issue
Ok take your point but we are talking about our streets and what we can do to stop this, in our country softly softly is not working in this country.
Whoever commits sex crimes, white black or asian ! after being covicted they should systematically broken. Physically, mentally and above all spiritually, broken ! By the time they leave prison ( if ever allowed to leave ), they should be programmed to say only two words --- " yes sir "
Over 2000 childern abused by gangs in a year. Most abuse is by family members, so the true figure of child abuse will be much much higher... :(
it's disgusting that this can happen in this day and age in this country.
45% of perpetrators were white 34% were Asian 20% were black. As I, and many others on here have always argued, it's a crime pracrised by all cultures sadly, not just one race. Statistics that completely blows a large hole into the racists' argument.
I clearly state I have no patience or sympathy with those who abuse children however that said one has to be careful with the claims as we all assume the reports are 100% correct we have had social workers put children in to care and when challenged there was no basis etc.etc. We now have a situation where we can not take a picture of our own child in a swimming pool or speak to a kid in the supermarket without getting looks - we are in a sad world