A girl has revealed her battle for justice following being repeatedly raped as a 12-year-old after being picked up by two males from a police station the place she had gone to report a intercourse assault.
Her ordeal is a part of an upcoming evaluation into youngster sexual exploitation in Oldham, Larger Manchester.
Sophie (not her actual title) informed Sky Information that the assault in 2006 left her severely traumatised and she or he now suffers from post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
Sky Information has seen a provisional copy of 1 part of the evaluation and it reveals how Sophie was failed by the police and social providers.
Detailing the horrific assault, Sophie informed Sky Information that she had been ingesting together with her buddies in a neighborhood churchyard when a person had sexually assaulted her.
‘They simply informed me to go residence’
She bravely went to Oldham Police Station to report the assault however stated she was dismissed by the desk clerk.
“They simply informed me to go residence. There have been two males on the door that supplied to take me,” says Sophie.
She says the desk clerk let her depart with the lads.
Naively Sophie went with them, however as an alternative of taking her residence they sexually assaulted her in a automobile.
They then refused to take her residence and as an alternative she ended up in two totally different homes in Oldham the place she was uncovered to extra abuse.
Over a 24-hour interval, eight males attacked her and she or he was raped a number of instances.
Just one man, Shakil Chowdhury, now 54, was jailed in 2007 for raping Sophie that evening.
“It is unimaginable to suppose that that would even occur however it does,” Sophie stated.
“However now all you are able to do is defend others and cease it from persevering with.”
Publication of evaluation into youngster sexual exploitation delayed
A evaluation of kid sexual exploitation in Oldham was commissioned in 2019 by the council and safeguarding board.
It has been historic allegations, together with social media posts about shisha bars, taxi corporations, and youngsters’s houses being concerned within the exploitation of younger individuals.
The evaluation was as a consequence of be revealed by the tip of final yr however it has been delayed.
Whereas the broader findings are nonetheless unknown, the provisional conclusions about Sophie’s remedy by the police and the council had been completely damning.
“There have been vital alternatives missed by kids’s social care to intervene and put in place acceptable preparations to guard Sophie,” the evaluation acknowledged.
“Nobody raised issues concerning the obvious failure to guard Sophie when she introduced herself on the police station.
“We consider that is proof of a big failing by Larger Manchester Police of their remedy of a weak 12-year-old youngster.”
The police by no means recognized the desk clerk who was on obligation when Sophie went to report being assaulted, and the workers roster has lengthy been destroyed.
Police and the council created the impression of a cover-up
The evaluation acknowledged that Sophie’s expertise that evening ought to have led to a multi-agency youngster safety investigation.
By denying they’d fallen far wanting their duties to Sophie, the police and the council created the impression of a cover-up, it added.
The police will apologise to Sophie and Sky Information understands the council will too.
“An apology means nothing now,” Sophie stated.
“, they have been discovered at fault however it’s too late – harm is already completed.
“The individuals in cost have to go. That is the one means it may be rebuilt and belief can occur.”
In an announcement, Larger Manchester Police stated: “Because it has not but been revealed, it isn’t acceptable for GMP to remark intimately on the report.
“This girl has tragically skilled lasting hurt on account of what occurred to her and our failure to guard her. We totally intend to specific our deepest and most honest apology on to her.”