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The abuse in Rotherham and other Northern towns is appalling.

It’s a failure of those in power to listen to and respect the voices of girls and their parents, the voices of people from largely deprived backgrounds. No one is denying that the abusers were mostly from a Pakistani background.

The report commissioned by Rotherham Council is very clear – there were systematic failures by all those we hold responsible for caring for our young people. No one can disagree with its conclusions. No one is trying to.

However the behaviour of UKIP has not added to the debate; it has not taken it forward, it has not said how they would help the voices of the unheard be listened to in the future. They have not put forward one policy or suggestion that will help young people who are abused, according to the A Liberal Life blog.

It states: As a party they have decided that this poster is the way forward:

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To say that this politicking at its worst in an understatement. The response of their members has been far far worse:

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So what do UKIP want to do to ensure that young people have the tools to protect them against abuse. Well, they voted with the tories to deny all young people the right to universal sexual and reproductive health at the EU. They have ignored these facts:

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They decided that young people in primary school should learn about what is appropriate and what is not from their carers and parents, seemingly ignoring that 90% of abuse is at the hands of someone they know. In the case of the very young that means family or family friends.

To read the rest of this article, visit aliberallife.

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