New alleged victim of Walsall grooming gang claims police failed her too #stopcse

It depends on who the suspects are and all of these victims should know is that the progressives/feminists turn off the news when they hear the victim is non-White. Sorry but this is a statement of fact, quite clear considering the recent events.

Read the full article posted over at the Birmingham Mail Live website below…

An alleged new victim of a Walsall grooming gang claims police failed her – and told her mum she was prostituting herself.

Karen, whose name we have changed to protect her identity, told how she was first raped aged just 12 by a man after being lured to a Birchills flat under false pretences.

But she claims after police accused her of lying about the 2010 attack she fell into the clutches of another local abuser who passed her between his friends.

A police report in 2012 confirmed a grooming gang was operating in an area of Walsall with a large Pakistani population.

It stated: “Clusters of offenders have been found in Walsall and on Birmingham East which also have the highest populations of Pakistani communities in the West Midlands.

“The close proximity of suspect addresses in […] Walsall suggests offenders are collaborating in the identification, grooming and subsequent abuse of vulnerable females.”

The force redacted the name of the specific area in Walsall where a cluster of suspects were living.

The locations of the repeated attacks Karen says she suffered include Walsall Arboretum and backstreet areas of the town as well as hotels.

Early morning view across the main lake, at Walsall Arboretum

Karen says she knows other girls who were abused by the same network of men and their friends and associates.

And she claims her own friend was brutally raped by a man who links with a first alleged victim, Hannah, whose story we told last month. Neither girl knew each other.

Like Hannah, persistent runaway Karen claims she was failed by West Midlands Police, who she says treated her as the problem at times, as her mother also claims.

Karen said: “I was 12 or 13 when I went with my mum to the police to report the first rape. But a female police officer accused me of lying and that just broke me. I went off the rails after that.”

Her mum said: “She was always going missing after that, we’d have to pick her up at the police station after she was found by them, sometimes at hotels. The police asked me if I knew what was happening and I said if I did I’d have an idea how to deal with it, I had no idea.

Lloyd House, the West Midlands Police HQ

“And they said, ‘Well, we think your daughter is prostituting herself’. I could have dropped to my knees at that point because we were talking about a young girl.”

Karen was 12 or 13 when she says she was first raped by a man in his mid 20s at a Walsall flat.

“A friend and I went to an older woman’s flat and within 15 minutes four or five older Asian men just barged in.

“My friend and I didn’t know they were coming. The older woman kept telling one of the men that I was interested in him but I wasn’t, I didn’t even know who they were.

“That night I was raped. I was 12 or 13 at that time.

“I had been pushed into the kitchen and then a bedroom by this man the older woman was saying I was interested in. I said no but he didn’t stop.”

Two months later Karen told her mum’s friend about the rape who then told her mother. “It was my mum who phoned the police. I was interviewed at Bloxwich police station and I remember being interviewed by a lady. She said I was lying, she said what I was saying about my story didn’t match up with anyone else’s. She said what I was saying was different from my friend and the older woman.

“She actually said, ‘I think you’re lying’. I think that must have been captured on the police interview because I think the officer may have been told off about it.”

“I remember the police wanted me to do a video interview but I refused to do it in the end because I felt uncomfortable after being accused of lying.

“I think they had arrested the man by then. I think he gave a no comment interview and the case got dropped after that.”

Karen’s mum told us: “She was telling them a horrible crime that had happened and I felt awful because I had been aware of what had happened and I had told her ‘We need to go to the police, this needs to be reported’.

“And then sitting there and my daughter’s being called a liar so I felt really bad then because I made my daughter go there to put her trust into the police to do the work and then they call her a liar.

“You put your trust into the authorities though, don’t you? That’s the first thing, you go to the police and you expect their help.”

Her alleged treatment at the police station caused Karen to ‘lose myself’, she says.

“I started absconding quite a lot. I met an older man at Arboretum Park and started hanging out with him. He used to sell cocaine and weed and hung about with a larger group of Asian men. We were often in the park.

“He’s still around now. He used to have a job but he was very secretive about his family and personal life. Later on I found out he’d got a wife and children. I was about 15 and he told me he was 22 but I now think he was much older. I think he may be in his late 30s even early 40s now.

“He used to tell me I was beautiful, he used to treat me nicely at first, for the first couple of weeks, he’d tell me I was his girlfriend, he’d buy me anything I liked, and then I remember one day he dropped me off and he said he had family problems and he had to go and he told me to get into his friends’ car, I was with my friend at the time.

“I remember him saying to his friends, having a laugh and a joke with them, saying about me, ‘Basically have fun, treat her how I treat her’, and that to me is now a sign that he basically meant to try and pass me around to his friends after.”

Within weeks Karen was repeatedly running away from home, hanging out with much older men, going to hotels with them. This went on for months.

She now knows social services had been notified she had reported being raped in 2012 – but had not been in touch with her or her family.

The men would take her to a local bail hostel and a local house and ply her and another girl with alcohol.

“I never actually knew any of these men I went off with. I remember going to this house and I was with another girl and there were a lot of men and as soon as we walked in they were taking the mick out of us and having a laugh and getting us to drink more.

“The other girl, something happened to her that night. She went upstairs with two men – she didn’t tell me what, but I watched her go upstairs with two men.

“Afterwards she just wanted to go home. I haven’t seen that girl in a long time.”

One night, aged 15, she and a different girl were found by police in a Walsall hotel room with two men – one aged about 29, the other in his 40s. She didn’t know the older man at the time.

“It was about 10pm at night and the police came in the room. I think the hotel had called them. Nothing had happened between me and my friend and these men at this point. We told the police nothing had happened. the men were arrested but the case was NFA-ed (No Further Action).

“But I look back and think, ‘Why didn’t the police do more? We were under age and in a hotel room with much older men. Fifteen year old girls in a bedroom with a man in his 40s. I saw the man from the park again after that, the one who had introduced me to all these other men.

“He knew about the hotel incident and asked me what had happened. He then told me to get in his car and drove me to somewhere in the town where he made me give him oral sex. I didn’t feel comfortable and I told him but he made me do it.”

Karen went missing – mostly after school – repeatedly for almost two years. Her mum said: “Every time we reported her as missing, she’d abscond from school, police would call round on a number of occasions, and there were times I had to go to the police station to collect Karen because she’d been found in a hotel, and the police questioned me and they said, ‘Do you know what’s going on?’

“I said, ‘Well if I did I’d have a better idea of how to handle things, I haven’t a clue’. And they turned round and they actually said, ‘Well, we think your daughter is prostituting herself’.

“I was quite devastated that that’s what they came up with. In my eyes I don’t feel like there was enough support there for her because when Karen came out of the juvenile young offender’s unit we were just left as a family, there was no support there for us, nobody to sit down and say, ‘Right, we can help you through this’.

“There was nothing at all, we were just left.”

Karen says police officers frequently told her she was “running out the system”.

“They said I’d been reported missing too many times and that they needed to put a safe plan in place. I remember a PC and he used to work with my mum and dad and he took it further and went to court where I was then placed into care for my own safety, and then afterwards they then turned round and said it was actually because my mum and dad couldn’t safeguard me.

“But Social Services didn’t actually pick up my case after the first rape in 2010. In 2010 there was a request to social services for help for me but it was just left. Then basically after the other incidents happened social services in 2012 said my mum and dad couldn’t safeguard me and it was basically their fault what happened to me.

“So I went into care.”

But being in care didn’t stop the abuse.

“Social services put me in a foster home for two weeks which was much closer to where the abuse was taking place – so it was ever easier to spend time with the men.”

And when she was sent to a children’s home elsewhere in the Midlands, she and another girl soon ran straight to Walsall – with a catastrophic outcome for one of her friends.

“We went straight to Walsall and bumped straight into some of the men. My friend went off with one of them. The next day I was still in Walsall but on my own. I spoke to the man my friend went off with and he said he’d put her on a bus – but it was a bus going to a completely different city.

“I panicked thinking she didn’t know Walsall and she wouldn’t be okay. I ended up back at my family’s then the police came and told me my friend had been brutally raped. The police said it had been really bad.”

Karen was moved to another care home in Warwickshire – in the end she was placed in a secure unit in Kent for her own safety before eventually being returned to her parents.

“I felt like, what I went through, in a way I was punished. And I still am today, I’m still being punished for what happened. I’ve lost children because the authorities think I’m still vulnerable because of what happened to me in the past.

“I’m in my mid 20s now and yet what happened back then is being used against me now. I feel Social Services failed me too because they didn’t get involved at the start. I’ve recently found out they should have looked after and had contact with me as a vulnerable victim of CSE until I was 21 but they didn’t.

“Yet the men are still at it now, they’re still out there and they’re still doing the same things as they were with me, with younger girls. And it makes you sick. Now I look at myself, I could put pictures up of when I was 14 years old and I look like a 14-year-old girl and imagine those older men who looked at me seeing a 14-year-old girl.

“Not everybody can speak out straight away – it needs us girls who were victims of it in Walsall – to all step forward, those who can, so that the police can finally do something.

“I know other girls – I don’t know if they will speak to the police but I think I will.

“It’s taken me to see Hannah’s interview to think, ‘It’s time to speak up’. But the police need to listen and act now, to get us justice, and to save other girls.”

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “In October 2010 a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape and bailed while enquiries were conducted, however he was subsequently released without charge due to insufficient evidence. We take all allegations of abuse extremely seriously, no matter how long ago it happened, and will always endeavour to bring offenders to justice.

“We accept that there have been failings in some historical cases in the past, and in 2012 we expanded our Public Protection Unit to improve our service to victims of abuse.

“We always strive to put victims at the heart of all our investigations and will be led by what the victim wants, working closely with partner agencies to ensure they receive the best possible support.”

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council said it did not comment on individual cases.