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Reader’s comment: Not for me to interfere


In response to Paul T Horgan: Why do state and BBC ignore mass child rape culture? Because they can’t handle the truth, Caron Townsend wrote:

I was doing voluntary work as an Appropriate Adult when I was asked to support a 12-year-old girl of mixed race who had been referred to the police by her social workers for unruly and violent behaviour. She was bright, sassy, very charismatic and had been let down by every adult and social care service she was in contact with. She was currently living in a children’s home.

Two weeks later she was back in custody and once again I was called out to support her. Her face was bloated, she had burnt some of her hair off, she looked drugged. Over the course of several hours I became aware that this child was regularly absconding from her children’s home and staying out overnight. She had a boyfriend who supplied her with a mobile phone and money for drugs. It was clear to me that she was sexually active.

I reported my concerns to social services. Their reaction? It was not my role to interfere, what experience did I have in these things? Who did I think that I was to comment? It is not just white girls who are let down, it is working-class girls. With no one to protect them.

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