“What are the Government hiding?” - CSE survivor Sammy on ‘internal’ grooming gang report

“What are the Government hiding?” - CSE survivor Sammy on ‘internal’ grooming gang report

By Adele Forrest | 01/05/2020

“What are the Government hiding?” - CSE survivor Sammy on ‘internal’ grooming gang report

 

CSE campaigner Sammy Woodhouse has blasted the Government’s decision not to release official research on grooming gangs, saying they have something to hide.

Despite more than 136,000 people across two petitions calling for the release of the report, the Government said the work was “internal”.

CSE survivor Sammy said she had been hopeful the findings would be made public after former home secretary Sajid Javid announced the review in 2018.

Mr Javid said there would be “no no-go areas of inquiry” and he would not let “cultural or political sensitivities get in the way of understanding the problem and doing something about it”.

But the Home Office has now said the investigations into characteristics of group-based CSE were “internal fact-finding work as part of policy development”.

Sammy said: “I just don’t understand why they keep doing these investigations and reports and never release them. What are they doing with it and what’s inside it for them to say it’s not in the public interest - it’s ludicrous.

“Of course it is (in the public’s interest) it’s a national scandal. I feel disappointed with the Government.”

She added: “I feel let down. Every time a report happens I feel like someone is taking a piece of my soul away, why keep campaigning and putting myself through hell to get kicked in the teeth?

“But, you’ve got to keep fighting because it’s about the next generation of kids.

“I will push them to release it but I don’t think they will.”

In response to the Home Office saying “extremists may also seek to exploit legitimate concerns to sow further division”, she said: “They aren’t learning from the past, all I ever hear about is ‘the EDL might do this or that’ - who cares!

“If people stopped covering things up in the first place they wouldn’t have a reason to do this.

“All people care about is reputation and keeping the peace it’s having the opposite effect.”

She added: “I think they’re not releasing it because I think there’s something in there they don’t want people to know that’s if there’s even a report in the first place, it wouldn’t surprise me if they haven’t even done it.

“It’s not a UK issue, it’s a global issue child abuse, paedophilia, abuse, rape, exploitation why is it allowed? It’s not just allowed, it’s promoted, encouraged, ignored.”

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