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On sexism and minority communities
“But in Britain, we know exactly where this head-in-the-sand attitude takes us. Of course, sexual violence can be perpetrated by people of all racial, religious and cultural backgrounds but that does not mean in specific, localised cases, race, religion and culture are not a factor. The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rotherham, for example, concluded that “in Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage” but state agencies had failed to take action because they had been “inhibited by the fear of affecting community relations.” In a similar case in Bristol, we know that the perpetrators were mainly Somali and their victims were vulnerable white girls, while in another case in Oxford, in which the victims were again white girls, the perpetrators were mainly of East African and Pakistani heritage.” – January 12.
ConHome summary: Take your head out of the sand.