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Cops write off child abuse victims

Issue No. 2426

The authorities write off working class children as not being credible

The authorities write off working class children as not being credible (Pic: Metropolitan Police)

We are often told that Asian men get away with abusing children because police fear being called racist if they arrest them. 

But the head of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, revealed the real reason for police inaction last week.

Fahy said some officers had a “mindset” that victims of abuse were unreliable. That meant they were reluctant to properly investigate allegations and failed to protect abused children.

Nine men were jailed in 2012 after being found guilty of sexually abusing girls in Rochdale. 

The abuse went on for years, even after victims had made formal complaints to police.

Former constable Margaret Oliver said she had reported allegations of abuse to officers over a decade ago. 

She said there was no lack of evidence but a lack of desire to investigate, as police were preoccupied with other crimes that were easier to solve. 

Oliver said abuse cases were “difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures” so cops “weren’t interested”.

The admissions come in the wake of a damning report that found evidence of widespread child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

As with Rochdale, the problem wasn’t cops being too “politically correct”. It was that the authorities wrote off working class children as not credible—and not worth protecting.

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What We Think
Tue 21 Oct 2014, 16:43 BST
Issue No. 2426
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