Grooming: an issue we cannot ignore
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 12:55
The grooming of young girls by older men is a disgusting and inexcusable crime. Not surprisingly this issue has generated a lot of anger.
Yesterday, the Office of Children's Commissioner released a report which claimed that there were 2,409 victims of child sexual exploitation in the 14 months to October 2011. But, the report says, the true number is likely to be far higher.
Paedophilia and sex abuse reaches across all communities and involves men from all ethnic backgrounds. However, groups like the BNP, EDL and the National Front would like us to think it is just a ‘Muslim’ crime and that white girls are being targeted because of their race. In fact, there is little else they are campaigning about right now.
Blaming Islam or the Muslim communities for the actions of a few criminals is absurd. Yes, there are some British-Pakistani men involved in on-street grooming but this has more to do with misogyny than race.
We are producing a new leaflet to debunk the racists’ lies
Our new leaflet, ‘The Truth about Grooming’, does just that. We have a mother of a girl who was groomed condemning the BNP for exploiting the issue. We have people in the Muslim communities speaking out. And we explain what really needs to be done to protect young girls.
We need to raise £2,500 by Friday to print 100,000 leaflets and deliver these in the communities the BNP and EDL are targeting.
Can you chip in a fiver towards the cost?
Our leaflet explains how groups like the BNP and EDL offer no solutions but merely want to use the issue to attack all Muslims. Their lies and distortions will only make the problem worse. They care nothing for the victims of these crimes.
There have been a number of high-profile trials grooming involving British Pakistani men and unfortunately over the next year there will be several more. We need to be ready to rebut the racists’ lies. We have to deal with misogyny in all communities – including the British-Pakistani community – but we also need to explain that the perpetrators of child abuse come from every corner of society.
Grooming is considered a sensitive issue. It shouldn’t be. We too need to speak out and address the problem or we will only have ourselves to blame when racist groups benefit. More importantly, our silence will not help the young girls who are the real victims in all this.
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 | There are 1 comments
Comment 1 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 21 November 2012, 15:22
Agree 100%. Child welfare is not a BNP/far right strong point, after all their view on kids is 'seen and not heard' and organisations such as Childline who fight their exploitation as 'politically correct wastes of time'. Yet another aspect of the fascist/Daily Express lie machine that's being taken on by HnH. Fascists rule by ignorance, knowledge scares them!
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