Thomas Timlin

I was unable to recognise the abuse I suffered

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As a newly qualified social worker and young person who has experienced the care system, the recent revelations in Rotherham have shocked me.

It would be naive to believe similar issues do not exist elsewhere. It would be ignorant to believe that the perpetrators of abuse come from one class, race, religion or gender.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997-2013) highlights the fact that today there is not a universal understanding of what abuse is. How abuse is defined has developed as political discourse has changed.

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