I have been listening to some of the talk in the house of commons today about the child abuse inquiry in Rochdale and thinking about it and the other uncovering of massive child abuse, often institutional in nature, in secular and religious contexts.
The question I would ask is does anyone think that as a result of any of these stories and coverage do you think that it is less likely to occur again, do you think there has been any cultural shift or change of hearts and minds which is likely to be preventative of anything like it occuring again in the future?
It shocks me consider how it could have all happened in the first place but I am also a little cynical about whether individuals with this inclination can be stopped, I certainly think that the people who are working professionally to prevent it are often out witted themselves, they dont communicate and certainly, because they dont exhibit the same personality or character flaws largely, they dont "obsess" or exhibit the same sort of focus in stopping the perpetrators as the perpetrators do in abusing or exploiting others. I also think that if an area is really well policed it moves the problem on. I think that trafficking and gross economic inequalities have a role in all this too. So the appearence of a decline in abuse and exploitation may be a sign that it has moved to another global patch.
Still I believe that it is probably one of the most important things to fight and eradicate that there is.