It is clearly outrageous that fathers who raise concerns about their daughters to the police are themselves arrested, or that teenage girls are doused with petrol, threatened with violence and passed around as sexual playthings by gangs of men. This blog has been vociferous in its condemnation of the sheer madness of allowing unlimited open ended immigration of large numbers of people who, through cultural and racial differences, can never be properly assimilated into mainstream British society. However, this does not mean that the Muslim community should be vilified for the clearly criminal actions of a relatively small number of their men, as many in the media are now doing. There is nothing in the Muslim religion which justifies or condones the worst kind of behaviour contained in this report.
However, the report itself and its presentation in the mainstream media also raise serious concerns about objectivity, balance and fairness. Leaving aside the widespread uncritical acceptance of the curious arithmetic on how the number of 1400 victims has been calculated, the reporting has exaggerated the extent of the extreme events outlined in the previous paragraph by confusing and conflating them with what has mostly been occurring, consensual foolhardy sexual activity by teenage girls. It heaps blame on the local authority child protection managers without any critical examination of the behaviour, outlook and attitude of the teenage girls. What has been happening here is that teenage girls have exchanged sexual favours for drink, drugs, cigarettes, money, attention, affection (mostly bogus) and an invitation into a more glamorous adult world. According to numerous surveys a third of teenagers below the age of consent are sexually active. So these teenage girls are behaving no differently in this respect from large numbers of their peers.
As a result of this furore calls are now being made that it should be a criminal offence not to report suspicions of 'child sexual abuse'. However, this much overused term is now routinely assumed by the authorities to cover any sexual or 'grooming' activity by, or with, a person under the age of consent. If this is brought into law, and includes young teenagers, it will keep our legal system very busy indeed, require the building of vast number of prisons and tie down much police time at the expense of pursuing other crimes of greater concern to the public. It will also put an end to the 'Gillick competence' which allows doctors and nurses to provide contraceptives to teenage girls below the age of consent, without their parents' knowledge. This was a safeguard against unwanted pregnancy which liberals in the 1980s fought hard to retain against a legal challenge. They even produced a badge with the message 'under16's are people not property', a viewpoint that is not much heard these days. As the Rotherham report makes clear young teenagers are now assumed to be the property of the state, and can be controlled accordingly.