UK govt's sex abuse report blasted for 'turning blind eye' to 'main perpetrators' Asian men
A British government report into gang sex abuse has came under fire concluding there was no particular problem among Asian groups, despite admitting they account for a quarter of all cases in the country.
The study by deputy children's commissioner Sue Berelowitz came to the controversial conclusion that abuse is carried out by men of all backgrounds.
However, figures in her own report revealed that more than a quarter of perpetrators of gang-based child abuse known to the authorities are Asian.
But Berelowitz said this was not enough to conclude that there was a particular issue with Asian gangs, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, Berelowitz said the 'model' of Asian men targeting white girls was just one of 'a number of models', and warned that if investigators concentrated on those patterns, victims could fall through the net.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK said the report exposed the danger of 'turning a blind eye' to the ethnicity of abusers.
"If there is a problem with one community in a particular area we must be bold enough to address it and not just turn a blind eye," the paper quoted Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, as saying.
The paper also quoted a government source, as saying that 'it is difficult to overstate the contempt the Government has for the methodology and analysis in this report. The whole thing is half-baked.'