The Two Lessons From The Manchester Grooming Scandal

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We are seeing a modest amount of coverage of the latest of the grooming scandals. Sadly, the two important lessons are not being taken from it.

It’s also about the power of society to prioritise one set of vulnerable women over another. Feminism is meant to be about defending all women and girls, especially those in a situation where they have no agency and who find themselves on the back foot, humiliated and discredited. That powerlessness is infinitely magnified if you’re a child in care.

One horrified former council officer sums up the way those girls should have been treated: “If that was my daughter, I’d have run barefoot down the road and dragged her out of the car.” That’s how a parent thinks. It isn’t necessarily how the state thinks. Yet these children are, and were, ours to protect.

The state is shit at taking care of individuals, their rights, their lives. The one great marker of an entirely fucked up life is to have been in state care. This being something that those who advocate greater state involvement in our lives are understandably uneager to point out but that’s no excuse for the rest of us to forget it.

Then there’s the very much more important lesson:

The horrible truth is that some female victims are seen as less important than others

Nope. It was who was doing the predation that protected, not who was being preyed upon. That’s the second thing that needs to be changed as well. Compare and contrast how the Nick affair was handled when a fantasist alleged rich white men had done summat. Quite, British society is indeed racist and not the way we’re normally told it is either.

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I think you’ll find it was a combination of who was the prey and who the predator. Had the prey been Oxford undergraduates I’m sure that action would have been swifter.
As to Nick, his fantasies were used to attack a particular set of rich white people. Had he been fantasizing about Guardian staff or Momentum members we’d never have heard a thing. Who knows, maybe it’s happened!

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If I remember rightly, Winston Smith in his blog about working in the “care” system, wrote of how young (under age) girls would return “home” and brag, in front of “carers” about who they had shagged. And about how the carers were not allowed to admonish, punish or take any corrective action because “cultural imperialism” or something.

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“The state is shit at taking care of individuals, their rights, their lives.” A truer phrase was never uttered. In Rotherham nearly half of the 1,400 identified victims were in care, yet only 0.25% of children in Rotherham were in care at the time. Whatever the reasons for a young girl being taken into “care”, the likelihood of them being gang raped after coming under the allegedly protective embrace of Child Services in Rotherham increased by almost 200 times, or more dramatically by 20,000%. Admittedly this is back of a fag packet maths, yet the real point is that there… Read more »

Mr Yan
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Mr Yan

It was all in the past, we’ve since changed for the better.
Lessons have been learnt.
No individuals can be held to be responsible – it was the system as a whole.
Many of the individuals are in different roles*.
We think you are all stupid and believe this crap.

Signed, The Establishment.

* Likely more senior positions on the back of being a Common Purpose stooge responsible for the wholesale rape of poor white girls who mattered less than the potential for the non-existent right-wing groups causing racial tensions.

John B
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John B

‘ Feminism is meant to be about defending all women and girls…’

Not it isn’t. It is about replacing an alleged male dominated society with a female dominated society by vilification and demonising men.

David
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David

Yes and no, only the right type of women will dominate society – not the sort that got abused in Rotherham etc.

Pcar
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Yes Tim, It’s who commits the crime in these cases, victim being a despised ‘oik ‘also plays a significant part. ‘Oiks’ Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner etc refusing to scream about this injustice is a betrayal to their abandoned, taken for grated supporters. BBC/C4 burying this ‘inconvenient’ news is equally inexcusable. Notable how FiFi and rest of panel ignored when Laurence Fox raised it on BBC QT Manchester abuse scandal whistle-blower: “Nothing has changed” Whistle-blower Maggie Oliver talks to Julia Hartley-Brewer. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has apologised to the children abused “in plain sight” by the grooming gangs… Read more »

Phoenix44
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Phoenix44

Without doubt the biggest and worst scandal of the last thirty years, yet nothing has been done. Tens of thousands of actual, violent rapes yet the Feminists are far more concerned about the odd off-colour joke or unwanted kiss at our universities than this.

Nothing fills more with more anger or more loathing of those in power who allowed – yes, actually knowingly allowed – it to happen.