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More Rotherham Horrors: Teen Raped by 250 Men Over Two Years, Police Informed and Did Nothing

I wrote yesterday about the horrifying news from Rotherham, England: An estimated 1,400 children were victims of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, according to an independent inquiry commissioned last fall by Rotherham’s Metropolitan Borough Council. But because the perpetrators were overwhelmingly “Asian” — for the most part, Muslim men from Pakistan — local authorities, from social-services managers to law enforcement, regularly neglected reports of rape, assault, and sex trafficking for fear of being deemed racist.

Today, a U.K. newspaper illustrates in ghastly detail what young girls in Rotherham have faced for nearly two decades. The Mirror reports that a Rotherham teenager, “Emma,” was raped daily for two years and subjected to a mock execution. When she went to the police with the names of 250 of her attackers, law enforcement did nothing:

Emma told how she was first groomed aged 12 by a boy of 17 who came from a wealthy family with Pakistani heritage.

A year later she was raped at an outdoor market while her friend was forced to watch. . . .

Her abuser raped her once a week and then passed her around his friends and relatives, including his brother-in-law and cousins.

“We would be in Rotherham town centre and a car would pull up,” explained Emma. “They’d tell me to get into the other car. I was driven to the park and then locked in with a man. . . .

“They also locked me in a bedroom flat, took all my clothes off and sent in man after man. I was there for about six hours.” . . .

When Emma finally went to the police, she was told that, given that it was her word against her alleged abuser’s, her case “probably wouldn’t go to court.”

Emma is now 25.

Another teenager, “Jessica,” was 14 years old when she was “groomed” by a 25-year-old “Asian” abuser. Her relationship included not only sexual abuse, but life-threatening violence:

“I was so used to violence — he punched me, he headbutted me. That was normal life. He knew I was terrified of heights and used that to scare me.

“He would threaten to drive off a cliff with me in the car. So many times he sped up to 90mph and skidded to a halt just before the edge. He’d then say he was going to throw me off the cliff.

“He actually drove through two cars and into a church during one attempt to kill me. I was 15 and pregnant at the time. I was rushed to hospital.

“One time he saw me chatting to a boy at school. When I got in the car he smashed my face into the dashboard. I’d say he tried to kill me between 20 and 30 times.

“We went to the police every other day and spoke to some senior officers,” Jessica told the Mirror, “but nothing happened.”

The magnitude of Rotherham leaders’ dereliction of duty is staggering — and it is a direct consequence of political correctness. Moreover, the same thing is likely happening throughout England. What, exactly, has to happen before we can talk about that?

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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