So, I have learnt a lot about this issue with being on G@G and actually, and I feel like learning about issues as such is actually helping me as a Law student. I have had some claims made against me when discussing this issue, and I thought I'd bring them to light with a true explanation on G@G.
So what's been said to me, and what is my response?
Claim 1: "You Are Trying To Explain The Issue Away Because It's Your Own Doing The Crimes"
Certain things I have brought to light in the past when talking about this issue...
A) Not all of the men in these particular cases are of Pakistani descent
B) Not all of the victims in these cases were white females.
So in particular grooming gang cases - not every grooming gang case in Britain - the criminals happened to be predominately Pakistani. But in these particular cases, while gang members were predominately Pakistani, men and women of other ethnicities were involved- and the way I see it they were seen as prepetrators by the Law, so just because there happened to be less of their demographic in these particular cases, does not mean we view them as any less of criminals.
I have also stated that the majority of victims - in these particular cases - were white females. But as well as white girls being victims, BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) girls were victims and so were young boys. And the law has viewed them all as victims, they are all victims regardless- so why should we view them as any less just because their demographic was less?
When raising these points, I have been accused of "trying to explain the issue away because the prepetrators were my own."
Firstly, just because someone is the same ethnic background as me, does not mean they are 'my own'. I do not consider anyone who is part of a grooming gang to be 'my own'. Would you consider such people to be your own just because you happen to be of the same ethnic background? No matter what ethnicity the victims were, white, Asian or black- I consider them all to be my own- my brothers and sisters in nationality. Because it shouldn't be race that defines what is 'your own', it should be what's inside.
And I don't understand how bringing another demographic of groomers and victims to light is "trying to explain" anything away. Because more groomers are being made aware, which means more victims are being made aware of- so more voices are being heard. Isn't that what these victims deserve? To be heard regardless of their race or gender?
Claim 2: "All/Most of the grooming gangs In the UK are Pakistani"
That is false. Whilst there is a percentage of grooming gangs which have operated in the UK, which are predominately Pakistani- there are also ones of other ethnicities which don't get reported in the same way.
In 2012, when these issues were being brought to light,the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, collected data based on the reports of victims, they concluded 36% of perpetrators of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups (grooming gangs) were white, 27% Asian, 16% black and 16% not disclosed.
That study also came to the conclusion that ethnicity of a perpetrator was more likely to be recorded if you were of a particular ethnicity or nationality- for example, if they were Asian.
So what I don't understand is why do people only mention a percentage of 27%? We don't even know what that percentage is yet everyone focuses on that whilst ignoring the rest of the 68%? Why don't we focus on every ethnicity involved? It's not about saying other communities are "just as bad" (like some say) it's about bringing every issue concerning this matter to light- so no issue is treated as 'less serious' and so no victim(s) are unheard.
Of the 68% surely girls and boys who were white and BAME were victims? So why is it fair that people are not giving those victims an equal voice to be heard?
Claim 3: "You're Ignoring A Problem Within Your Own Community"
It's obvious when people say this to me, they mean the "Pakistani" community. And you know what? If this was a crime only committed by Pakistani men I would say: "Fair enough, this is a problem certain people in the Pakistani community have."
But I've just shown you that there are various ethnicities who operate in grooming gangs.
And yes, I consider the British Pakistani community to be my community. But I also consider the British community to be my community and that's everyone in the UK regardless of their demographic.
As said previously, studies have shown there are various people of a variety of ethnic backgrounds that operate in grooming gangs in Britain.
So this isn't a problem for just one community to solve.
We all as British citizens need to come together and solve this problem. Because no matter what ethnic group are the perpetrators- it's British children, sons and daughters of the UK, brothers and sisters in nationality whatever you want to call them- the victims are our British people.
So this is a problem for all of us.
For our British community.
The ethnicity or gender of a groomer, rapist, pedophile doesn't make them any less of a groomer, or a rapist or a pedophile. The ethnicity of a victim doesn't make them any less of a victim.
I hope this MyTake has taught you something.
Thank you for reading.
PS: If you want to learn about the grooming gang issue concerning ethnicity read this page, it's helpful and 'full fact' is an independent charity based in London which reviews and corrects 'facts' we hear on the news: https://fullfact.org/crime/what-do-we-know-about-ethnicity-people-involved-sexual-offences-against-children/