Offences against Children: Rotherham

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th October 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of perpetrators in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal who were Muslim.

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Professor Alexis Jay’s report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 is an account of the failures by Rotherham Council—and by the police and other organisations—to protect vulnerable children. It is highlighted that in Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage though it does not comment on the religious beliefs of any of the perpetrators.

Child sexual exploitation is not exclusive to any single culture, community, race or religion. It happens in all areas of the country and can take many forms. We are clear that political or cultural sensitivities must never get in the way of preventing and uncovering child abuse. We are committed to dealing with this criminal activity and there has never any excuse for failing to bring its perpetrators to justice.

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