While there is a great deal of good work focusing on child exploitation, particularly by child protection agencies, more needs to be done against the scourge of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’. Local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.
Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses to the issue. A network of local groups will be founded, nationwide, to help develop this response.
There are few crimes more horrific than the sexual exploitation of young women: these girls have been let down by everyone. I have been literally sickened when reading about these cases. There should be no excuse, no hiding place, for those who perpetrate such crimes.
Campaign co-ordinator and Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain, Julie Siddiqi.
The evil that is abuse happens across all areas of society. This is not an issue of race or religion. We want to encourage all our partners to help us remove the veils of secrecy and control that allow abuse to flourish. However, we also need to ensure that the media, and far-right groups, do not promote an anti-Muslim agenda over so-called ‘grooming’ trials and HOPE not hate will focus on busting myths that groups such as the EDL and BNP like to promote in their quest for hatred and division.
Nick Lowles, Chief Executive of HOPE not hate.
This is an appalling and abhorrent kind of behaviour which is totally unacceptable regardless of race or religion. Some of those perpetrators who have recently been convicted happen to be from the Muslim community so we need to be at the very front of the voice that is condemning this. It is important that leaders of religious communities speak out against this deplorable and abhorrent behaviour by adults toward vulnerable children
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Britain’s largest network of Muslim organisations.