A voice for the overlooked
Former detective Maggie Oliver exposed flaws in the investigation into child abuse in Rochdale. Now she’s dedicated to helping survivors
There are moments when Maggie Oliver admits she can’t quite believe her life has panned out the way it has. ‘I’m shocked and sometimes it’s completely overwhelming,’ says the Greater Manchester police detectiveturned-whistle blower who took on the establishment in order to reveal the flaws she’d witnessed during the Rochdale sex gang investigation. Not only had authorities turned a blind eye to the brutal reality of what was happening, but they’d repeatedly failed the young victims of abuse. These girls, notes Maggie, were deemed ‘an underclass’, children who were making ‘lifestyle choices’ and therefore not worthy of the protection they were due.
‘I wanted to give a voice to the kids who’d been failed because I’m far more difficult to brush off and ignore than the kids who’d been written off. I’m an educated woman, I have a degree, I was a police officer and I have a voice that will be heard,’ says Maggie whose book Survivors: One Brave Detective’s Battle to Expose the Rochdale Child Abuse Scandal
Maggie Oliver and her family