Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rotherham dads were arrested after tracking down abusers

Two fathers whose daughters were victims of child sex exploitation tracked down their abusers – only to be arrested by police themselves.

The dads had attempted to remove their daughters from houses where abuse was taking place, but they were the ones who were then arrested by police.

Prof Jay’s inquiry said police often treated victims with ‘contempt’, frequently arresting them while taking no action against those committing offences.

Her report said: “In two of the cases, fathers tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused, only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene.

“In a small number of cases, the victims themselves were arrested for offences such as breach of the peace or being drunk and disorderly, with no action taken against the perpetrators of rape and sexual assault against children.”

The report revealed there has been only a ‘small number’ of successful prosecutions for offences against children.

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