When the Roman Catholic Church is accused of permitting child rape, the Left goes into a self-righteous frenzy. Maybe all you Liberals should do some soul searching as the story is broken about Rotherham, a town in northern England with a population of little more than a quarter million.
1,400 children were abused—including many serious rapes, group rapes, and threats (like being doused with gasoline and threatened with a match)—between 1997 and 2013. That’s what a government report alleges as found summarized by the Washington Post. Some were murdered.
I have to admit that when I read the Post story I wondered if we were going back to the hysteria of the 90s and the many impossible accusations about satanic ritual abuse that were believed and for which people were prosecuted. Also, the fact that some girls were murdered is an undeniable fact.
But it isn’t the same. The victims are somewhat older in the story and the accusations aren’t as fantastic. They are evil and sickening but they don’t have the cultic features.
But it still seems so impossible to believe.
Like Child H, police, social workers and other officials charged with protecting children failed to intervene despite numerous encounters with the young child and her adult abusers.
Why would all these people look the other way?
And then I reached the detail that made everything clear:
When the victims reported similar descriptors of their abusers — “Asian” men — council officials feared being labeled as “racist” for highlighting the problem.
According to the report, most perpetrators were of Pakistani origin. Little effort was made to work with the Pakistani community to address the problem.
“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so,” the report said.
Some of their victims were like Laura Wilson, a young white girl who had been groomed since she was 13 by an older Pakistani man.
“In a large number of the historic cases in particular, most of the victims in the cases we sampled were white British children, and the majority of the perpetrators were from minority ethnic communities,” the report said.
So, in order to not get in trouble with the political overseers and with the general media culture, the people responsible for protecting young girls instead gave cover to the perpetrators because they are an ethnic minority that immigrated to England.
The Post story gives us more details about Laura Wilson to show us how this worked.
In 2010, when Wilson was 17 years old, she was murdered, her body dumped in a canal by a man she considered her “boyfriend,” Ashitaq Asghar. Asghar, 18, was convicted and sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for her murder.
Wilson had recently given birth to a child — the product of a sexual encounter with a different, older married man, Ishaq Hussain. Hussain was cleared of any wrongdoing in her death.
So this was treated as a crime of passion or some other kind of domestic dispute. The fact that Asghar was probably her pimp was somehow overlooked.
So the question we might ask ourselves is: What else and who else are being overlooked?
What are people too intimidated to report or acknowledge due to the pressures of political correctness? Are there crimes being committed by immigrants that our government and our media do not wish to acknowledge for political reasons? What about other populations—such as homosexual couples or children’s television workers? I’m not asking for anyone to be suspected for no reason. I’m asking if the people we entrust with our safety are looking the other way for political reasons.