The True Story of the Rotherham Abuse Scandal by the Woman Who Fought to Expose It
For fourteen years, Jayne Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers. As the manager of Risky Business, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she heard heartbreaking and shocking stories of abuse and assiduously kept notes and details of the perpetrators, passing information on to the authorities in the belief that they would do something. Eventually, when she lost hope that the authorities would take action against the gangs she had identified as the abusers, she became a whistleblower for The Times investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk.
Now, in her powerful memoir, she describes a life spent working to protect Rotherham’s girls, the pressure put on her to stop rocking the boat, and why she risked prison in the hope that she could help end the appalling child exploitation in the town.
Senior tells her story in a refreshingly down-to-earth style, the heartfelt details of her family’s joys and tribulations acting as a strangely moving counterpoint to the horrors perpetrated on the girls she was trying to save. It adds up to a compulsive read.