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Rochdale Council's chief executive has apologised for the authority's "unforgivable" response to concerns about sexual abuse at a residential school for boys linked to the late politician Cyril Smith. Smith was the subject of sex abuse allegations and investigations over decades during his career, first as a prominent local councillor…
A survivor of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has described her shock at being turned down for full compensation for what she suffered because authorities deemed she had consented to the abuse. Sammy Woodhouse, who waived her entitlement to lifelong anonymity so she can campaign against sexual exploitation, said the…
Six investigations were commissioned by Rotherham Council, in 2014 and 2015, following the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (Jay Report), and the “Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council” (Louise Casey Report). Professor Alexis Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham…
A new series of reports into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have been branded a "completely wasted opportunity" by the town's MP Sarah Champion after they concluded individual senior managers and social workers could not be brought to account. Six new reports were published by Rotherham Council on Wednesday,…
Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" in a newspaper article about child abuse. The Labour MP warned Britain has a "problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in a column for The Sun. Ms…
Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
Rotherham's three Labour MPs have each won £54,000 damages from a Ukip politician over remarks she made about the town's child abuse scandal. Sir Kevin Barron (pictured), MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, sued Jane Collins, MEP for Yorkshire…
A woman who was sexually exploited by a number of men in Rotherham from the age of 11 and made pregnant when she was 12 has told a court: "I feel my child was the product of pure evil." There were chaotic and emotional scenes at Sheffield Crown Court after…
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