Scenes in the BBC’s new three part drama ‘Three Girls’, which is based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale, will have been heart-breaking and harrowing for viewers to watch when it aired.
But the harsh reality is that we need programmes like this to be made if we are ever going to lift the lid on child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Horrific crime with lifelong effects
Often unseen, it is a horrific crime which may have lifelong effects on its vulnerable young victims.
It can happen to any young person whatever their background, age, gender, race or sexuality. And it can take place online or in the real world.
In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status.
Sadly, many victims often trust their abuser and don’t understand that they’re being abused as they believe they are in a loving consensual relationship.
Know the signs to help lift the lid on child sexual exploitation
Aged just 12, Fay Khatri was forced into a marriage against her will.
Five years later, she was forced to marry again – this time to her cousin.
“I was abused by a number people while I was growing up and at one stage I decided that was just the way was going to be for me,” said Fay, was married five times in 11 years, three against her will.
But she refused to accept the way her life was going. Determined to make a success of her life, she ran away from home and met a Middlesbrough man – changing her life forever.
The 46-year-old therapist is now the proud owner of a thriving salon, Tamara’s Beautique on Borough Road, a happy ending to an emotional and often heartbreaking journey.
“I was born in Kenya, but after I got married when I was 12 I was shipped out to live in Saudi Arabia, where my mum also lived,” said Fay.
Girls in Britain are at risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation and professionals need to be alert, a High Court judge says.
Mr Justice Keehan says police, social workers, teachers and medics must be aware of warning signs and know how to help.
The judge, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has outlined his thoughts in the foreword to a new book about female genital mutilation (FGM) and the law.
Female Genital Mutilation Law and Practice, written by barrister Zimran Samuel, offers guidance to protective measures available.
“The practice of female genital mutilation remains widespread across the globe, especially in parts of North Africa, but a substantial number of mutilations are reported to have been undertaken in this jurisdiction,” says Mr Justice Keehan.
“Accordingly, the risk to girls and young women living in this jurisdiction is not limited to being taken abroad to be subjected to FGM, but includes the risk of having the mutilation performed in this country.
The sex crimes chronicled in Three Girls (BBC) are too abhorrent to contemplate in anything but the most abstract terms. So tremendous credit is due to Nicole Taylor, whose dramatisation of the Rochdale child grooming scandal conveys the unspeakable facts while maintaining a respectful distance from the suffering of the young women raped systematically by a circle of abusers and then dismissed by the police as underclass attention-seekers.
After the scene-setting horrors of the first episode, the second instalment recounted the events between the initial assaults and the ultimately successful arrest and conviction of the offenders. Yet, far from vindicating the authorities, Three Girls once again stood as a chilling and infuriating indictment of officialdom’s indifference to innocents deemed too marginal to matter.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued notices to four ministries on a petition seeking a ban on “female circumcision”. The inhuman practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) — seen in parts of Asia and Africa, including among the 2 million-strong Bohra community in India — is currently in sharp focus worldwide. Days before the Supreme Court action, a hospital in Detroit had sacked a doctor for performing the procedure — not only putting a woman’s health in danger, but also violating her right to her body.
A jilted boyfriend gang-raped his ex-girlfriend with six other men then drove a car over her head to stop her being identified in India.
The mutilated body of the 23-year-old woman was found being torn apart by dogs after she was abducted from Sonipat and driven to the city of Rohtak in the country’s north.
There she was raped and tortured with sharp-edged objects before having her skull smashed with bricks when she threatened to tell police.
Her attackers then crushed her with a car in a bid to conceal her identity, according to local reports.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4506488/Woman-raped-disfigured-left-dogs-eat-India.html#ixzz4hLba2UCh
Some 28.8 per cent of education staff are concerned they may be perceived as prejudiced or racist should they report concerns regarding honour-based abuse and child abuse linked to faith and belief, it has been reported.
According to the latest survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), it was also revealed that 31 per cent of staff are worried about reporting female genital mutilation (FGM), honour-based abuse or child abuse linked to faith or belief, because they lack confidence in their own judgement.
Nearly a fifth of respondents also worried that reporting these types of child abuse could harm their relationship with the child or young person in question. In addition to this, 14 per cent worried about damaging their relationship with the child’s family.
The devastating effect of child-sexual exploitation is laid bare in this harrowing but unmissable mini-series, based on real events.
Between 2008 and 2012, almost 50 young girls suffered appalling abuse at the hands of sex-grooming gangs in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Almost as shocking was the fact that the victims were ignored by the authorities who were supposed to protect them.
The drama tells the story of three such girls who were preyed on by paedophiles. Holly, brilliantly played by Molly Windsor, is new to Rochdale and eager to fit in.
Child sexual exploitation is still ‘woefully under-reported’ in the UK, the NSPCC has warned.
The charity said many young victims don’t understand that what is happening to them is grooming and exploitation, because offenders use manipulative tactics.
It is now calling on concerned adults to raise the alarm if they suspect a young person might be in danger.
Nearly 2,000 of the country’s most vulnerable youngsters have been helped by the Protect and Respect service it set up in 2011.
Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/13/children-still-not-reporting-sexual-exploitation-nspcc-warns-6634595/#ixzz4h9Er6qkV
For 15 years, documentary photographer Stephanie Sinclair has focused her camera on what she calls “everyday brutality” — the violence, genital mutilation and forced marriage endured by girls and young women around the world, including in Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.
Now she has won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, granted by the International Women’s Media Foundation and named in memory of the Pulitzer Prize-winning German war photographer killed in Afghanistan in 2014. We spoke to Sinclair, who was born in Miami and lives in upstate New York, about her award, her photos and videos of the travails of child brides around the world, and about recently becoming a mother herself. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.