Police Memo: Telford Abuse Was ‘Consensual’ In Most Cases
It has been reported that police investigating the Telford abuse scandal were sent an internal memo which claimed that “in most cases the sex is consensual”.
The news follows claims that the family of rape & murder victim Lucy Lowe were threatened ignored when they reported Lucy’s abuse the police.
Hitting out at the memo, child abuse lawyer Dino Nocivelli said: ‘The authorities just don’t seem to get it. Children cannot agree to sex.
‘Just because a child is not being physically forced to carry out sexual acts, it doesn’t mean they consented.
‘Many of these children will have been groomed and manipulated by their abusers and would have been threatened to keep silent. How can you say an 11-year-old is capable of consenting to sex with a 40-year-old? This is rape.’
The release of the infamous memo follows a statement from Telford police chief Supt Tom Harding who said that the abuse had been “sensationalised”.
Harding added that he “significantly disputed” claims that over 1000 children had been advise over 4 decades, many under his watch.
Nathan Ryding, the Chairman of Young Independence, said: “That is utter nonsense and I am appalled that those comments have come from the police. These girls were below the age of consent, meaning just that, they can’t give consent!
“Absolutely disgusting attitude towards a case so sensitive. Actions like these are part of the many reasons why the public don’t trust the police.”