• Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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Grooming victims let down by system, report finds

PATTERN: Vulnerable girls and women who were sexually exploited did not believe their abusers would be punished (Photo by: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

by LAUREN CODLING VICTIMS of grooming gangs were persuaded to “change behaviour”, leading to offenders reacting with “arrogant persistence” as they believed they would be not punished for their crimes, a new report into the Newcastle sexual exploitation scandal has found. The review found an “unhelpful” message was conveyed to perpetrators, signalling they were unlikely to be prosecuted or stopped from continuing to abuse their victims. The Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults for Care and Support in Newcastle-upon-Tyne report was released last Friday (23). It came in response to the aftermath of Operation Sanctuary,…

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