27. august 2014

Rotherham-sagen: Jyllands-Posten afetnificerer BBC-historie – “majority… were of Pakistani heritage”

Jyllands-Posten gengiver en historie fra BBC, omhandlende en netop udgivet rapport om børnemisbrug i Rotherham. Journalist Lasse Hemmingsen (RUC, Mellemamerika Komiteen, tidl. Nicaraguabrigader) vælger ikke at skrive noget om gerningsmændenes etnicitet, og selvom han fokuserer på det offentliges svigt, kan han således heller ikke komme ind på myndighedernes ‘etniske’ berøringsangst. Han fortæller selvfølgelig heller ikke, at Rotherham er en Labour-bastion. Fra JP.dk – Rapport: 1400 børn misbrugt i engelsk by. (Se evt. BBC-udgaven)

“Myndighederne har begået ‘åbenlyse’ fejl… Således beskriver kvinden bag en ny rapport om misbrug af omkring 1400 børn i den engelske by Rotherham en del af myndighedernes indsats ifølge BBC.

Misbruget har fundet sted mellem 1997 og 2013, men det var først da fem mænd blev fængslet for misbrug af piger i 2010, at myndighederne fik øjnene op for problemet. Ifølge den uafhængige rapport blev børn helt ned til 11 år gamle voldtaget af adskillige gerningsmænd, bortført til andre byer, solgt, slået og truet. …

Alexis Jay har ifølge BBC fundet eksempler på misbrug af børn, som hun har svært ved at beskrive.

‘Børn blev overhældt med benzin og truet med at blive brændt, truet med pistoler, tvunget til at se brutalt voldelige voldtægter og fortalt at de ville være den næste, hvis de fortalte nogen om det.'”

(Rotherham.gov.uk, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham…, pdf, 153 s.)

Fra rapportens kapitel 11 – Issues of ethnicity (s. 91ff).

“In the broader organisational context, however, there was a widespread perception that messages conveyed by some senior people in the Council and also the Police, were to ‘downplay’ the ethnic dimensions of CSE. Unsurprisingly, frontline staff appeared to be confused as to what they were supposed to say and do and what would be interpreted as ‘racist’. From a political perspective, the approach of avoiding public discussion of the issues was ill judged.

There was too much reliance by agencies on traditional community leaders such as elected members and imams as being the primary conduit of communication with the Pakistani-heritage community.

Census information from 2011 showed that Rotherham had nearly 8000 people with Pakistani or Kashmiri ethnicity, or 3.1% of the Borough population,… In Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage including the five men convicted in 2010. The file reading carried out by the Inquiry also confirmed that the ethnic origin of many perpetrators was ‘Asian’. …

In her 2006 report she described how the appeal of organised sexual exploitation for Asian gangs had changed. In the past, it had been for their personal gratification, whereas now it offered ‘career and financial opportunities to young Asian men who got involved’. She also noted that Iraqi Kurds and Kosovan men were participating in organised activities against young women.

In her 2006 report, she stated that ‘it is believed by a number of workers that one of the difficulties that prevent this issue [CSE] being dealt with effectively is the ethnicity of the main perpetrators’. …

She also reported in 2006 that young people in Rotherham believed at that time that the Police dared not act against Asian youths for fear of allegations of racism.

Several people interviewed expressed the general view that ethnic considerations had influenced the policy response of the Council and the Police, rather than in individual cases. One example was given by the Risky Business project Manager (1997- 2012) who reported that she was told not to refer to the ethnic origins of perpetrators when carrying out training. Other staff in children’s social care said that when writing reports on CSE cases, they were advised by their managers to be cautious about referring to the ethnicity of the perpetrators.

… several of those involved in the operational management of services reported some attempts to pressurise them into changing their approach to some issues. This mainly affected the support given to Pakistani-heritage women fleeing domestic violence, where a small number of councillors had demanded that social workers reveal the whereabouts of these women or effect reconciliation rather than supporting the women to make up their own minds. The Inquiry team was confident that ethnic issues did not influence professional decision-making in individual cases. …

Frontline staff did not report personal experience of attempts to influence their practice or decision making because of ethnic issues. Those who had involvement in CSE were acutely aware of these issues and recalled a general nervousness in the earlier years about discussing them, for fear of being thought racist. ….

The issue of race, regardless of ethnic group, should be tackled as an absolute priority if it is known to be a significant factor in the criminal activity of organised abuse in any local community. There was little evidence of such action being taken in Rotherham in the earlier years. Councillors can play an effective role in this, especially those representing the communities in question, but only if they act as facilitators of communication rather than barriers to it. One senior officer suggested that some influential Pakistani-heritage councillors in Rotherham had acted as barriers.

Several councillors interviewed believed that by opening up these issues they could be ‘giving oxygen’ to racist perspectives that might in turn attract extremist political groups and threaten community cohesion. To some extent this concern was valid, with the apparent targeting of the town by groups such as the English Defence League. The Deputy Council Leader (2011-2014) from the Pakistani-heritage community was clear that he had not understood the scale of the CSE problem in Rotherham until 2013. He then disagreed with colleague elected members on the way to approach it. He had advocated taking the issue ‘head on’ but had been overruled. He was one of the elected members who said they thought the criminalconvictions in 2010 were ‘a one-off, isolated case’, and not an example of a more deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls. This was at best naïve, and at worst ignoring a politically inconvenient truth.”

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