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.