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article imageOp-Ed: Together Against Grooming

By Alexander Baron     Jul 1, 2013 in Crime
In the wake of a number of alarming cases of child sex grooming, a new organisation has been set up to combat it. What are the pros and cons?
On June 27, members of an organised paedophile gang were given heavy sentences at the Central Criminal Court by Judge Peter Rook. This was the latest in a series of high profile trials of men who had been involved in the systematic abuse of young girls going back years. Because the victims were overwhelmingly white, and the perpetrators of Pakistani origin, the usual suspects bent over backwards first to ignore it, then to smear as racist anyone who dared point out the obvious, then to blame it on misogyny, as claimed by the daffy Sonia Gable in June of last year.
In spite of the Savile affair and the ongoing investigations relating to showbiz personalities going back decades, it is clear this is not the case. The reality is that in some countries - India is currently in the spotlight - the treatment meted out to many women falls far short of Western civilised norms. This is not a religious "thing", nor is it related to race necessarily, but to deeply entrenched cultural traits that belong not so much in the Middle Ages as the Stone Age. Islam in particular deals harshly with those convicted of sexual offences against women and girls, and those involved in these groomings were Moslems only in a nomimal sense.
These barbaric practices were imported into the UK by immigrants from Pakistan, and it is not racist to state the obvious. Now, not a minute too soon, the few dissenting voices have been joined by the mainstream, with outspoken condemnation in mosques throughout Britain. This heralded the start of Together Against Grooming, which is a campaign spearheaded by a small recently incorporated charity Better Futures Together.
Although this development is to be welcomed, we should be clear what this is about. Speaking recently to the BBC, one Moslem alluded to the objectification of women. This should sound alarm bells, because this is the sort of language used by the loony feminist proponents of rape culture. Let us be clear about this, there is not and never has been any such thing as rape culture in the UK. This is not about objectification, and it is certainly not about pornography - a word that covers a wide variety of practices and images, not all of which involve females. Nor should this campaign be used as a pretext for censorship, as this drivel from Tumblr implies:
"WANG opposes the prohibitive and narrow beauty standards imposed on women that reflect racist, heteronormative, capitalist, sexist, ageist, cissexist and ableist ideologies. Women everywhere are expected to conform: removing their body hair, hiding their faces under make-up, dieting, and wearing restrictive clothing in order to be considered acceptable, respectable and feminine."
So what is the real issue here? Very simple, girls under the age of 16 are off-limits to men, period. Obviously this is a dictum that has to be applied with common sense, and the law recognises this. A 17 year old who dates a 15 year old will generally not raise eyebrows, but grown men should know better, whatever their background. If they mingle with underage girls (or boys) in a social context then this should be precisely that, in a crowded room, or with other people, not one to one, and not riding around in cars late at night, introducing them to noxious substances, and worse.
The sexual abuse of the young is already a criminal offence in the UK, and when either party is under 16, the issue of consent does not arise. The purpose of this campaign should be to augment law enforcement by instilling basic human decency in young and not-so-young men who should be aware of what is demanded of them anyway, and it is not very much.
One commodity that is not in short supply in the UK is sex; any man who wants it and can afford to drive around at night can find a consenting adult of either sex to share his desires, however base. That may sound sordid, but whatever else it does, it won't land him in gaol, a thought Mohammed Karrar and his fellow degenerates should reflect on as they begin their life sentences as convicted chid rapists.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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