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BBC’s Three Girls: a Story of Rochdale Sex Abuse

By Head of Abuse Team

‘Three Girls’, a new BBC programme dramatising the stories of survivors of abuse in Rochdale, shines a spotlight on a previously hidden scandal so that future victims may be protected.

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Background on Abuse in Rochdale

The Rochdale grooming scandal was one of the most horrific cases of sex abuse in recent times. In 2012 nine men were sentenced for the abuse and exploitation of young, predominantly white girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

My client, Girl A, was among a number of vulnerable girls preyed on by gangs of men, predominantly of Pakistani origin, who initially offered them drink, drugs and gifts, before raping and prostituting them. I have continued to represent survivors of abuse involved in the Rochdale grooming scandal.

My client, Girl A, was among a number of vulnerable girls preyed on by gangs of men, predominantly of Pakistani origin, who initially offered them drink, drugs and gifts, before raping and prostituting them.

‘Three Girls’ details the stories of some of these girls and highlights that for many years social service and the police lacked awareness and understanding of child exploitation.

Maxine Peake plays Sara Rowbotham, a sexual health worker who blew the whistle on the Rochdale epidemic and was repeatedly ignored by police, child protection services and the local council. Sara’s courage and determination was part of the reason why this scandal was exposed.

Information on how to spot and report signs of sexual abuse and exploitation can be found on http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/

 

By bringing this story to television it is hoped that awareness is raised so that future victims may be protected and know that by stepping forward and reporting abuse, predators will be brought to justice.

Three Girls begins on BBC One on Tuesday, 16 May at 9pm.

Richard Scorer is a principal lawyer and head of the abuse team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

The abuse lawyers at Slater and Gordon offer a free and completely confidential consultation to anyone affected by sexual abuse. Call us anytime 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

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