It is Not racist to high­light this abuse

Daily Mail - - Confidential -

We might have hoped some­thing was learned from the sick­en­ing scan­dal of abuse and deprav­ity in Rother­ham, but the telford story shows noth­ing has changed.

in­deed, many still avoid the is­sue of pae­dophile gangs prey­ing on young girls. Peo­ple would much rather post a #metoo tweet and con­grat­u­late them­selves for shar­ing a story of how their boss once touched their knee than tackle the thorny is­sue of what’s hap­pen­ing up and down the coun­try to work­ing- class white girls. Far eas­ier to wear a black dress on the red car­pet than use your celebrity to speak out for these voice­less girls be­ing raped.

if we want to send a mes­sage that we won’t tol­er­ate child sex abuse, we must crack down with unimag­in­able force on the likes of those abus­ing girls in telford and con­demn them with one loud, uni­fied voice. Yet i worry the ques­tions raised by this are too chal­leng­ing.

Chil­dren are abused by peo­ple from all sorts of walks of life, but it would be fool­ish not to un­der­stand there’s a co­hort of men from cer­tain eth­nic mi­nori­ties, in par­tic­u­lar of Pak­istani her­itage, who view women in a dif­fer­ent way from the rest of us.

Clearly, these men’s be­hav­iour is not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their cul­ture.

But these scan­dals emerge from so­cial mores that en­dorse or turn a blind eye to fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion, forced mar­riage and hon­our killings; a cul­ture that be­lieves be­cause white women wear re­veal­ing clothes, they must be pros­ti­tutes; a cul­ture that for­bids women lead­ing in­de­pen­dent lives — or even learn­ing english.

Like many doc­tors in in­ner-city hos­pi­tals, i’ve seen count­less women able to com­mu­ni­cate only through a rel­a­tive who trans­lates for them, sub­servient to their hus­bands, liv­ing lives of quiet des­per­a­tion.

this is what pro­vides the fer­tile grounds for these rape-gangs.

talk­ing about these cul­tural dif­fer­ences — and ac­cept­ing that it is not racist to point them out — is the first step in send­ing a clear mes­sage to the wicked mi­nor­ity in those com­mu­ni­ties who refuse to al­ter their be­hav­iour or be­liefs.

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