Following revelations of child sex abuse in Rotherham, actor and director Samantha Morton felt the need to go public about her own shocking experience growing up in care homes in Nottingham. Here she talks for the first time about being sexually abused by residential care workers, and what happened when she went to the police about it
During the past week when a report broke in Rotheram, Yorkshire, Channel 5 showed a 2-part drama regarding child abuse, called Suspects. Since the channel itself made the programme, you can watch it online for a year if you head to their main catchup site using a computer. The front page is here at the following address:
and search for “Suspects” without the quotes, the episodes are marked series 2 episodes 3 and 4.
A report was published last week in Rotheram, Yorkshire regarding the abuse of 1400 children by organised gangs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089 and the highlighting of the race of the offenders and victims was given a proper focus alongside the problems with the child protection systems in that town.
During the first few days the media focus was more about staff refusing to resign than the victims. However a survivor has written for the Guardian about her experience and after a time delay, comments were allowed on the article which are interesting to read. The latter article is here; http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/31/rotherham-child-sex-abuse-police .
Over at the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, they’ve started up a podcast.
The first episode description:
Deondra Brown Nielsen, of The 5 Browns, opens up regarding the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Along side her husband Kevin Nielsen, they discuss the prosecution of Deondra’s father, how they teach their own daughter to protect herself, and the work Deondra is doing to help advocate for survivors.
If you are an iTunes user, you can subscribe to the podcast as well.
Got an email the other day from Neil. He wanted to let me, and all of you, that he had a group on Goodreads named Abuse and the Law. The ground description:
Abusers are Terrorists.
Manipulation through fear, destruction of life and soul for the sheer exercise of greed and power. This describes the American abuser. What could be more opposite to the America we call the “Land of the Brave and the Free”? What could be farther away than our most basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed us by those who gave this country its birth?
In the wake of 911 and Oklahoma City how could we give aid to terrorists, even by failing to develop and support stern laws that protect the lives and well-being of our citizens.
The answer lies in our laws, currently weak and inconsistently enforced. Hundreds of women die each year at the hands of domestic abusers. Children disappear in our foster systems. More children are brutalized by the people who should be protecting them. We’ve long passed the time where Orders of Protection and Custody trials are seen as effective legal remedies, preventing horrible crimes.
This group is about discussion of our current laws and our potential to change them. As Americans this is our right and our legacy.
They are currently reading a book titled Fingernail Moon
If you’re a Goodreads member and interested in reading some books on the subject of abuse and discussing them, check it out!
Apparently there were some troubles with the auto posting of this today, so my apologies if you were expecting to see this earlier!
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