Rotheram Abuse: The Police Called Me A Liar And Destroyed My Statement
THE BBC has news of Rotherham, where the State turned a blind eye to child abuse. So far, no police officer, politician, lawyer or doctor has been arrested about their roles in the scandal. What we have is educated guess work – 1,4000 children were abused – a police force in full PR mode and politicians scrambling to be righteous and consign the horror to the past.
What we need are evidence and criminal trials.
Police in Rotherham tore up paperwork relating to one child sex abuse victim and stopped another from being medically examined, the BBC has been told.
Anorak likes to be objective. But do we all believe the victim’s claims? We do. They are too easy to believe.
One woman claimed a policeman called her a liar after she reported being abused aged 15, and the other alleges police prevented her being examined after she was abused aged 13.
All too believable.
South Yorkshire Police said both cases were now with the police watchdog.
That’s comforting. Watch what you say on the phone, girls, they might be listening.
One alleged victim called Carol said:
“I told the staff at the children’s home and my social worker and they said a police officer was going to to pick me up and take me to a unit. The officer that used to come to the children’s home [regularly], he came and picked me up in a police car. He took me to a lay-by; kept calling me a liar, saying he’d read my files and that I was a liar and no-one was going to believe me, it was more trouble than it was worth and he ripped my paperwork up. He dropped me back at an Indian restaurant… back with my abuser.”
The mother of one alleged victim says:
“They were trying to dissuade her from making this statement by saying that the police surgeon was coming down the motorway to examine her and it was going to spoil his Sunday afternoon with his family – did she still want to go through with this statement?
“They kept going on and on at her till she said ‘No, I don’t want to do it anymore’ so the two police officers took us home and stopped at the door and said sorry. I had the items of clothing with me. I put them in the washing machine.”
The police don’t listen. They tell.