IGNORING THE PAEDOPHILE THREAT: 17,727 child sex abuse cases recorded, only 1600 convictions

The political bollocks, ignorance and cover-up protecting sociopathic sexuality: another double-header from The Slog

As a distinguished blogger pointd out to me yesterday, the paedophile scandal is turning into a cross between political football and media circus. The protection of paedophiles is inevitable given the attitudes of the entire Establishment, not just one Party.

There is too often a tendency in our culture to assume that high-sounding organisations and dramatic pleas are enough to ensure delivery of policy. This is and always has been rubbish. In the Children’s Commissioner Report of exactly one year ago today, this is what its leaders had to say about threats to children:

The four UK Children’s Commissioners will today call for an urgent reassessment of the impact of the Coalition Government’s Spending Review on the needs of vulnerable children.

In a joint report to mark the International Day of the Child, the Commissioners outline serious concerns at the high levels of persistent poverty across the UK.  They highlight the need for children to be given priority in national and local budgets so that vital children’s services are protected.’

Note how this opener rings with urgent spending reassessments, International Child Days, and vital children’s services. In an age of austerity, it is obviously a politicised Quango: there is no thought for quality, only systems. How wrong this emphasis looks a year on. And how the next paragraph in the introductory section screams ignorance about the situation on the ground:

‘The report also examines progress made in five areas – participation, children with disabilities, child poverty, children seeking asylum and juvenile justice – against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, an internationally binding minimum standard for all children and young people that was ratified by the UK Government twenty years ago.’

Not a single mention of endemic sexual abuse in Britain’s care home, social services and educational sectors. Just another overtly agitprop swipe using the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. And a blatant attempt to suggest that Britain doesn’t match up to its ‘requirements’.

“Hey guys, we got us a convention. Problem solved”.

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Let’s look at real figures in the real world of child vulnerability. Child abuse and neglect in the UK today (Radford et al, 2011) is a major piece of NSPCC research which interviewed 1,761 young adults aged 18-24 years; 2,275 children aged 11-17 years and 2,160 parents of children aged under 11. It found that One in six children aged 11-17 (16.5%) have experienced sexual abuse, and almost one in 10 children aged 11-17 (9.4%) have experienced sexual abuse in the past year.

A staggering 17,727 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2010/11. That’s recorded, mind you: the Police estimate that under a third of victims report the crime. Significantly, during 2010/11 fewer than 10% of cases ended in a conviction. This is a miserable detection rate for such a serious offence.

The Slog’s position remains the same, and will do until somebody empowered to remove this stain on our culture starts to tackle it: somebody is doing this stuff to our children, and apart from the odd exception, the big fish aren’t being caught. People keep asking me, “But how did Savile get away with it?” and I’m afraid the answer is, “By creating exactly the kind of climate of litigational fear in the media in which Lord McAlpine is engaged right now.

On now to the CC report for 2012. Look how one media furore instantly wakes up this children’s quango:

If the recent allegations against Jimmy Savile are true, a conspiracy of silence allowed him and those who acted with him to continue to rape children with impunity for decades. It is too easy to simply blame the BBC as if what happened was entirely due to a failure in one organisation.’

Er…where were you then? But this time, the CC lays out – at last – the full extent of sex-abuse incidence:

The reality is that each year thousands of children in England are raped and abused from as young as 11 years by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them and the impact on their lives is often devastating.’

 But the report is NOT chiefly about institutional systemic abuse: once again, an organisation dedicated to scoring political points refuses to aim any blame at the people employed in those systems. Apart from minute passing mention of ‘we know that children are sexually exploited in contexts other than in gangs and groups’, the Report focuses entirely on social group theory:

 ‘This report, coming at the end of the first year of this Inquiry into the sexual exploitation of children in gangs and groups, has uncovered for the first time the extent to which children in England are being sexually exploited. We publish the number of known victims over a set period of time but can say with certainty that our figures are an undercounting of the true scale of this form of abuse. We know that because there were some notable gaps, with a few local authorities failing to do so.’

 Oooh, I can’t imagine why they’d do that.

Just as on the Right there is a fear that the rich, powerful and well-placed might be heavily involved, so too on the Left there is an unwillingness to accept that trained professionals are in turn a major problem. Ed Balls’s daft suggestion of vetting 12 million citizens with access to children four years ago was in itself an unconscious desire to suggest that few if any perverts were already in the system.

I am increasingly convinced – as this investigation begins to unfold, unravel, and then get shoved into a smoke-filled Hall of mirrors – that the key factor here is protection of established interest groups: but the primary need is to consider the children, not the consequences. And in this regard, the problem is not a political one: like most disaster-areas in 2012, it is a cultural malaise.

This first part of today’s double-feature has tried to clear the confusion as to how most paedophile rings are allowed to flourish undetected. That is,

  1. The crime rarely results in a conviction.
  2. Many police forces seem reluctant to persist
  3. The UK’s political Establishment has a vested interest in covering up the scale of the problem
  4. From the Child Commissioners via Ed Balls and Harriet Harman, through to previous Home Secretaries like Ken Clarke and Jack Straw, the machinery set up to police the institutions with privileged and secret access to children is dysfunctional.
  5. Bizarrely, this factor too revolves around a curious unwillingness to reform anything.

Even without a predilection for wild conspiracy theory, all five of those realities above should be enough to suggest to open-minded people that the existence of a particularly pernicious ‘protection racket’ may well be in play here.

This afternoon, The Slog will look more closely at one especially controversial case which – more than most – acts as the perfect exemplar of what I believe to be the main driver in this regard: Establishment fear of the Unknown Paedophile.

35 thoughts on “IGNORING THE PAEDOPHILE THREAT: 17,727 child sex abuse cases recorded, only 1600 convictions

  1. And about 80,000 women are raped every year in the UK and about 400,000 sexually assaulted.
    Looks like the UK has a big problem with sexual behaviour.
    Is this what they call a breakdown in society?

      • who owns and controls the media crates an environment which this behaviour thrives, who are the characters that young people have as role models? what are children being taught in schools, destroy the morals of a country is much easier than using war planes and tanks, destroy the backbone of the family and decent morals and faith in god. This is part of planks of the communist manifesto and the protocols

  2. How Facebook and social networking sites are used by child abuse gangs to groom victims for ‘sex parties’
    Thousands of vulnerable children are targeted through social networking sites, deputy children’s commissioner warns
    Report says it is ‘rare’ for abuse cases not to involve technology including mobile phones and computers
    Labour calls for Facebook to be grilled by Parliament
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236208/How-Facebook-social-networking-sites-used-child-abuse-gangs-groom-victims-sex-parties.html

    • And you know nothing of the SIB SO or SIB MS ? Ive been trying to telm journos about this site and no one even bothers to look!!!! I think the whole feckin world is asleep..

  3. To reiterate my own reluctantly arrived at diagnosis of the whole issue

    Pedophilia is a pernicious vice – the grossest betrayal of innocence and trust imaginable. But it has long been an Elite habit and remains an indespensible tool of control of the visible ruling elites by those not so visible – from their point of view. Of all human vices and perversions, it is rightly judged the most shameful and outrageous by the mass of the population. It thus has vast potential as a source of control – and that I’m afraid is the key fact.

    To be enlisted to the ‘Pedophocracy Novitiate’ so-to-speak is a temptation difficult for the psychopathic personality type that aspires to power to decline. To become a 1st degree member is to sell one’s soul – and there are probably thirty-odd higher degrees each capable of ‘making an offer that cannot be refused’ by their ‘juniors’. Standard social (or even military) discipline simply cannot hold a candle to it.

    The sad fact of the matter is that it is so deeply embedded in Western Establishment power structures, that the best we can probably do is to be knowlegeably, determindly and carefully solicitious for those close to us – understandable periodic outrage and hand-wringing notwithstanding.

    I’m sorry if that sounds defeatist. I really do admire the efforts of this blog and others, but we are dealing with calculating Machiavellian evil on a grand scale here and I for one struggle to see a viable strategy with any prospect of beating it.

    • Fully agree Wikispooks, its form of corruption of the highest order essentially…..But I cant accept that its irremovable…….to accept that in this case would be a betrayal of our children and maybe society as we know it….
      Viable strategy? Better keep trying to find one I would suggest……How about exposing someone high profile, then throw the complete book at him whatever the consequences……..Lord Mc Alpine has effectively raised the bar in terms of the standard of proof required for exposure…..so be it and maybe a good thing in the long run…..though I dont think it will succeed in covering up very much……

  4. It seems that we are all in danger of being exposed to abuse, first if we are unfortunate to be put into care at a young age.
    And then again it seems, if we are not careful, we are in danger in our old age as well, as we become vulnerable once again to the predations of abusers, that seem to gravitate into the so called care industry.

  5. I think the answer is in the rings which loop from the very bottom to the very top of society. The Marc Dutroux affair being a case in point.

  6. The European Union’s elite are determined to destroy Europe’s Christian heritage, Italy’s reform minister, Umberto Bossi said yesterday.
    He described the elite as “filthy pigs” who wanted to “make paedophilia as easy as possible”.
    Mr Bossi, leader of the Northern League, said Brussels was “transforming vices into virtues” and “advancing the cause of atheism every day”. He denounced the European arrest warrant as a step towards “dictatorship, deportation, and terror, instilling fear in the people, a crime in itself”. It would lead to a Stalinist regime “multiplied by 25″.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/1444899/EU-elite-are-filthy-pigs-says-Bossi.html

  7. Posting as someone with personal experience of the care system throughout my childhood, I would simply like to say that the consequence of life circumstances prevailing for a child which makes necessary the involvement and intervention of the social services, are invariably sufficient of themselves to ensure significant life difficulties for that child.

    Our political elite, by its wanton destruction of the institution of the family, have ensured an ever increasing number of children who are routinely neglected, often abused and assaulted in disfunctional home situations. A proportion of these children will then find themselves further violated in the ways identified in The Slog’s post. I urge fellow sloggers not to ignore this practically invisable pool of children, many of whom will live a life crippled by their formative experiences.

    Also: can we stop refering to the sexual abuse of children as ‘paedophilia,’ it is not accurate, and so doing panders to those who are interested in exploiting this deplorable situation for other reasons.

  8. The Labour councils all over the country have aided & abetted the destruction of the family by offering young girls/women, a council flat when they became pregnant, with all the benefits,etc. Many then went on to have more children with different men, & so on. When they couldn’t cope, the children most uncontrollable were removed by social services . This is, it seems, the way to provide a steady supply of children to be abused.
    Now, Michael Gove is calling for yet more children to be taken into care to save them from neglect, physical abuse & sexual abuse.
    He doesn’t ask for the care homes to be examined to make sure there is no neglect, sexual or physical abuse going on there, even though he must surely have heard all about it, read about it, discussed it. If not, what use is he?

    • Even worse….
      In the 1970s I was a teenager living in a bedsit. My landlord sold the property and I had to move out. I went to investigate council housing.

      The lady from the council ADVISED ME TO GET PREGNANT because otherwise they couldn’t help me.

      I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first, or the last, to receive that bit of advice. (I didn’t take it. I found somewhere else to live in the end).

  9. John – thankyou thankyou thankyou for standing up on this.

    You know well enough the effects of this abuse – it is a hidden, cancer of insanity that affects so many people, permeating every aspect of society.

    Especially the halls of power – abusers and victims.

    Until it is thoroughly exposed, it exerts its control from the shadows where none can name or stop it.

  10. @j24601
    In Greece ‘paedophilia’ is also used to mean sexual abuse of children and this is not new. Breaking the two words down – paedia (children) and filia (friends, friendship) – it seems to mean ‘friendship for children’. But the word filia also carries the meaning ‘attraction’. For example ‘astyfilia’ means the attraction of people to cities. So paedophilia is also the attraction to children.

  11. John as an aside but in parallel to this was the blacklisting of people in construction industry and other areas including those on govt contracts. In this twilight zone were the spooks and special branch and police. People were reporting health and safety breaches on building sites and as result were considers as trouble makers or much worse kgb agents controlled by moscow, such was the state of delusion in those circles. Begs the question why does her majesties spooks dept and plod need to nosy around and fit up ordinary working people? From this you can see the cosy relationship that big business and power and position can get away with anything by bullying and silencing anything that gets in its way.. Ok small question. How do they pick school governors? And why do those governors always seem to be establishment types..

  12. I don’t dispute the suggestion that the Childrens’ Commission have a vested interest in protecting its own budget or in deflecting attention away from the failings of professionals such as social workers. Also if someone has the figures and I’m wrong, please correct me …

    It seems to me that most cases of child sex abuse committed by social workers, teachers and priests occurred 20 or more years ago, even if justice is only being done today. There is a good reason for this. It was not until the mid 80s that complaints against figures of authority were taken at all seriously. Once they began to be, paedophile social workers, teachers etc. changed their behaviour because they knew that they would now be investigated.

    The complaints against social workers concerning more recent abuse is often that they failed to act to stop the abuse and not that they were the perpetrators of the abuse. This is a different albeit equally important issue. However, it is quite possible that the abuse committed by ‘gangs and groups’ now dwarves the abuse committed by professionals within the system. (I would differentiate between this group on one hand and the rich and powerful on the other. The professionals no longer believe that they are immune to prosecutions, in the way that the rich and powerful do).

    There is another group that seems to be totally missed: children abused by one relative or more typically a step-relative. Many girls are acosted by stepfathers or their mothers’ boyfriends. Their mothers refuse to listen to complaints and turn a blind eye. Once a mother has refused to listen, the girl has little confidence in finding protection from anyone else. The only possible escape is by moving in with another relative. The abuse happens and goes unrecorded.

    The breakdown of family life is a taboo subject for the ‘caring’ professions. While this remains the case, the level of abuse of adolescents will remain high. So many of the victims of child abuse seem to be victims due to the dysfunctionality of their family life: children abused by stepfathers; children joining gangs as a substitute for the family they don’t have; children in care, often moved up north because running a childrens’ home in the south is seen as too expensive. And of course children abused by blood relatives, but I believe the figures show that this group is smaller.

    Another group typically missed are trafficked children who are prostituted. I am sure that they still hurt, whatever culture they come from.

    • This whole episode makes me seriously question my opposition to capital punishment.

      Easy to do for the Roy Whitings of this world, but for our soi-disant élite?

      I’m beginning to think the punishment fits the crime most aptly.

    • “There is another group that seems to be totally missed: children abused by one relative or more typically a step-relative. Many girls are acosted by stepfathers or their mothers’ boyfriends. Their mothers refuse to listen to complaints and turn a blind eye. Once a mother has refused to listen, the girl has little confidence in finding protection from anyone else. The only possible escape is by moving in with another relative. The abuse happens and goes unrecorded”.

      Very true, I am familiar with one case as described above that fully illustrated to me the long lasting damage that this type of predation causes. As for those kids who are trafficked I hate to think what their lives are like, they I imagine for the most part are totally lost.

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  14. This all started with those in Rochdale appearing in court and the MSM lack of coverage.People were commenting on it, left right and centre where given the opportunity.Looking back, who could have forseen what was to come?

    BOOM! An explosion in child abuse stories, everybody at it, its everywhere.I find it quite interesting how this came about and do wonder.

  15. “I am increasingly convinced – as this investigation begins to unfold, unravel, and then get shoved into a smoke-filled Hall of mirrors – that the key factor here is protection of established interest groups: but the primary need is to consider the children, not the consequences. And in this regard, the problem is not a political one: like most disaster-areas in 2012, it is a cultural malaise.”

    Substitute “Roman Catholic Church in Ireland” for “established interest groups” in the above passage and you could quite easily be describing the beginnings of the implosion of the relationship between ordinary Irish people and the Catholic Church here in Ireland in the early to mid 1990′s for the very same reason.

  16. Thank you for such a brilliant precis of the situation, couched in terms that any (establishment) fool should find difficult to ignore. This matter is not going to go away, I hope that they are beginning to understand this.

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