Rotherham, and the Sadness of a New Reputation

The report into child abuse in Rotherham has affected many people, far more than the victims, the criminals and the agencies who were involved in a longstanding culture of cruelty. The people of Rotherham more widely will feel shame as well as horror that so many children in their community suffered and were not heard, and they will know that the reputation of their town has been tarnished and that, however innocent, they have been touched by it.

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