Like Washington DC (where Ariana-Leilani lives), it was found that Rotherham England had a culture of “complete denial” over child sexual abuse. However unlike Rotherham England, the US Government has failed to take action to correct it.
A report commissioned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said theRotherham England authority was “not fit for purpose”. As a result the council leader Paul Lakin has resigned and the council cabinet will also quit. An earlier inquiry found 1,400 children were abused by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin, from 1997 to 2013. The National Crime Agency (NCA) of England said the latest report, by Louise Casey, the director-general for troubled families at the Communities Department, identified “a number of potentially criminal matters”. Files passed to the NCA relate to one former and one existing councillor arising from the inquiry, Ms Casey’s spokesperson said. Investigators found the council had a “deep-rooted” culture of cover-ups and silencing whistleblowers, Ms Casey said.
The report found the child sexual exploitation (CSE) team was poorly directed, suffered from excessive case loads, and did not share information between agencies. Ms Casey said: “This inspection revealed past and present failures to accept, understand and combat the issue of child sexual exploitation, resulting in a lack of support for victims and insufficient action against known perpetrators.” A spokesman for the NCA said it would “examine a number of potentially criminal matters identified during a recent inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.”
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