Another case of Asian men raping an underage girl - cue the outrage

(46 Posts)
BasilBabyEater Sun 06-Oct-13 09:31:59

And the analysis about what it is about this ethnic group that makes them want to rape children.

BBC coverage here

Oh, hang on, none of the perpetrators are Asian after all. They're all white. So where is the national outrage? Where are the pages and pages of analysis asking what the problem with white men is? Where the commentaries demanding that white people do something about their dangerous men?

Has anyone else spotted what the connection with all the perpetrators is? Guess what, it ain't race.

Where is the mainstream media response to this case? Why isn't there one?

SanityClause Sun 06-Oct-13 09:44:58

That poor child. What has her life been like that she would continue to let these men abuse her like this?

I did notice that all the men appear to have access to other children, if that's what you mean by the connection? But then, most men do, I would have thought. And unfortunately, if they were sexually interested in young girls, would make sure they had access to them.

I absolutely agree with you comment about the media. If anything, I fear we'd get a load of victim blaming.

heidihole Sun 06-Oct-13 09:51:12

How do you know they're all white?

Why do you think they're not Asian? Is there a group photo somewhere - I'm on my phone but can't see one on that article.

BasilBabyEater Sun 06-Oct-13 10:15:41

here you go heidihole, the photos they've published here are all of white men.

Actually that's a good point, maybe they're not all white - maybe a couple of them are from a different ethnicity?

The point is, the media have not had a frenzy about how the problem of abusing girls is a racial issue - something to do with the values and culture of a specific ethnic group. The thing all these perpetrators have in common is that they're men. What I'm getting at is that sexual abuse isn't a race issue, it's a sex one; all of our society has a misogyny problem, not just certain minority ethnic groups.

ubik Sun 06-Oct-13 10:19:55

Are you referring to the recent cases of grooming in Rotherham? Surely not all cases are the same, the motivations are not the same...

I don't think white men exploiting children is ignored - quite the reverse - I think the the Rotherham case the problem was that police were holding back as they feared accusations of racism and that is why the ethnic backgrounds of the perpetrators became such an issue.

I completely agree with the point you are making.

Roshbegosh Sun 06-Oct-13 10:25:57

Exactly what ubik says. Fears about accusations of racism was a major factor in the police not tackling the grooming cases for years. That and their view that the children victims made what I recall them describing as a lifestyle choice.

BrawToken Sun 06-Oct-13 10:26:11

Very good point, very well made. Poor wee girl.

crescentmoon Sun 06-Oct-13 10:30:21

Totally agree with you op I'm glad for justice being done for the victims in all these cases

duchesse Sun 06-Oct-13 10:33:15

When I was growing up, I had a fair few of my parents' old children books from the 40s and 50s. Many of the stories in the annuals seemed to feature dusky menacing gentlemen from the East. I guess the modern media continues to thrive on the same brand of prurient sensationalism.

BasilBabyEater Sun 06-Oct-13 16:27:07

I think the belief that it was a "lifestyle choice" by the girls concerned, was probably more of a factor in the police's unwillingness to investigate, than racial sensitivities tbh.

I think if the girls had been middle class girls going to private schools, all the racial sensitivities would have been irrelevant.

AnyFucker Sun 06-Oct-13 16:31:46

The sentences are a fucking joke. As per.

Wannabestepfordwife Sun 06-Oct-13 18:47:26

Absolutely disgusting story! Really hope the poor girl is getting the help she needs to overcome her ordeal.

I think with this case their has been some reporting restrictions (and rightly so the victim needs protecting) whereas with the Rochdale and Oxford gangs the press were able to print graphic details which horrified people.

Also with this case from what we can see the victims mum went to the police they found the perpetrators and charged them whereas in the above cases the authorities were aware but didn't seem to do anything.

I just hope the god the victim was treated sensitively by the defence council

GoshAnneGorilla Sun 06-Oct-13 18:51:02

I completely agree with the "lifestyle choices" hindering investigations - a lethal combination of classism and "empowered sex worker" myths.

edam Mon 07-Oct-13 08:35:52

The minutes of meetings of Rochdale and Rotherham multi-agency meetings make it clear that 'undermining local cohesion' (i.e. fears of stoking racism) were an issue in those areas. In Bradford, Anne Cryer MP was accused of racism and shouted down when she tried to raise the issue of gangs grooming and raping girls - she tried for years to expose this wrongdoing.

This latest case is being reported. It's not being hushed up. I don't see why Asian and Kurdish men (Kurdish in Rotherham) raping children is somehow less of an issue than white men raping children.

The only difference is that cases of rape and exploitation by gangs of white men have been taken more seriously by SS and police (although victims were still blamed and accused of being complicit) while the same crimes where the perpetrators were Asian were hushed up. To the extent where a father who tried to rescue his daughter was charged with racially-aggravated assault.

Read The Times series of investigations before you shout 'racism'. They dug up the local authority/multi-agency records. It is appalling and shameful that councils and police were racist towards the victims (who included black girls as well as white, FWIW). It is appalling and shameful that they protected the perpetrators.

GoshAnneGorilla Mon 07-Oct-13 11:42:38

Edam - what the O.P is about is media perceptions of the case, because certainly a lot if the media coverage of the Rotherham and Bradford cases did focus on the race of the perpetrators.

I would also say, that considering the small numbers of cases so far, what we've seen in unfortunately only the tip of the iceberg with regards to grooming cases, so it far too early to make any claims about the authorities being less hesitant to prosecute ethnic minorities.

Bradford and Rotherham used every spurious piece of reasoning in the book to justify doing nothing in these cases. IMO, racism, amongst other reasons was used to justify inaction, rather than fears of racism being the primary reason for the inaction.

I don't t feel that, those authorities would have behaved any differently if the perpetrators had been white, just that they would have used different excuses.

P.S "cry racism" is offensive, as if people frequently exaggerate, or lie about racism, when generally there is far more racism in society then the white majority are willing to believe.

edam Mon 07-Oct-13 13:15:19

I did not say 'cry racism'. If someone else did, you should make it clear your comment refers to them, not me. It's highly offensive to make it appear I said anything of that sort.

I said Anne Cryer was shouted down and accused of racism. That is accurate. Do a google search if you doubt me.

It is investigative journalism that finally forced the authorities to confront street grooming and gang rapes. The authorities were only too happy to ignore these poor children until the media started covering it. The Times deserves recognition for their role in booting SS and the police up the backside so hopefully in future children will be protect, or at least justice stands more chance of being achieved.

PatPig Mon 07-Oct-13 13:35:57

I don't quite see the point of the OP.

There are no 'issues' with arresting and investigating ordinary white child abusers.

There were or are 'issues' with arresting and investigating Asian abusers.

GoshAnneGorilla Mon 07-Oct-13 14:15:14

Edam, you said "shout 'racism'", when instructing us to read the Times. Not much difference.

Again, my point about the wider media reaction still stands, as does my point about it being impossible to conclude that the authorities are keener/happier to prosecute white sex offenders then they are to prosecute Asian sex offenders.

as far as im aware there is just as much outrage when a white man rapes a girl as there is when an Asian man does it.

Blu Mon 07-Oct-13 14:39:24

Untwist - yes, there is as much outrage about the rape, whoever the perpertrator.

However the point the OP is making is that when it is an Asian perpertrator, there is also outrage against / about the ethnic group the perpertrators come from as well as the rapist.

And the added complication is that race affects the approach to invstigation.

So the OPs point is valid. None of this around the horrific case of thee men who are indeed all white.

The commoin factor, OP? Well, I note that 5 ou of the 12 men have names beginning with 'M', but this is probably not relevant?

Ooooh, I get it, they are all MEN!

GoshAnneGorilla Mon 07-Oct-13 14:44:54

Blu - quite. When a white man rapes a woman or child, it is someone who has done something terrible (the "male" aspect of the crime is never discussed much in mainstream media)

When an Asian man rapes a woman or child, their culture is also blamed and interrogated in a way that doesn't happen with white offenders.

PatPig Mon 07-Oct-13 15:13:18

This whole thread is ridiculous.

This is ONE girl who advertised herself on a dating website, claiming she was 18.

She was contacted by numerous men. Some of them - the non-criminal ones - after finding out she was 13 dropped all contact.

The rest carried on and for that reason are facing various sentences.

There was no grooming gang, or co-conspiracy here.

We know that in the past, the 1970s and 1980s, say, that powerful white men abused children in children's homes. They were protected because the men were powerful and the girls marginalised.

We also know that recently groups ordinary Asian men groomed and abused children in numerous cases across the country, and that the (white) professionals charged with protecting the children were more worried about 'community relations' than stopping abuse.

Quite rightly there was considerable outrage that abuse was covered up because of fear of racism, and quite rightly this angle is mentioned in this cases, because multiple public bodies spent over a decade ensuring that children could continue to be abused by Asian men because of 'racism'.

Now if there is any evidence at all that the race of these men (all white I think, although that's not so much of a surprise as the girl in question appears to be from North Yorkshire, which is one of the whitest areas in the country) was relevant or somehow hindered the investigation, or that white abusers have been institutionally protected for being white, then it should be mentioned.

But as there isn't, it just looks ridiculous.

edam Mon 07-Oct-13 16:35:21

Well said, Patpig.

WahIzzit Mon 07-Oct-13 17:41:50

Fact is the men involved who discovered the girl's actual age and continued with her committed the crime of underage sex, same as many of the convicted Asian men, gangs or not. However had these men been of Asian origin I can absolutely gurantee their faith and country of origin would be mentioned and put on trial so to speak. They would no doubt be lumped in the same category as those abusers from Rochdale, oxford etc.

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