Rochdale and Beyond – the Legacy of Child Abuse by Anne Wade

cathy fox blog on child abuse

The legacy of child abuse in an English townWhy the roots of historic child sexual abuse must be dug out

Anne Wade

Amber’, ‘Holly’ and ‘Ruby’ in the docudrama Three Girls (BBC May 2017)
Played by Ria Zmitrowicz, Molly Windsor and Liv Hill;Photographer: Ewen Spencer

Should old and dead paedophiles be left in peace? By bringing out detailed stories of historic childhood abuse we may give relief and justice to survivors, but do we benefit the rest of the community? Or does this engage resources that are better applied to current abuse? Is there any harm in simply saying the past is past, and putting all our energy into how we treat children in the future?

It can be argued that it was just such a failure to challenge past abuse by a paedophile network in an ordinary town that enabled further, apparently unrelated, child abuse…

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I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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