Child sexual exploitation and abuse in BME communities

Zlakha Ahmed of Apna Haq spoke on this issue at the NEEVAWG Network meeting last week. Apna Haq is based in Rotherham and has been working on issues of violence and abuse in Asian Communities for over twenty years. Zlakha talked about the invisibility of Asian children and young people in the media and in the public conversation around child sexual exploitation. She highlighted the stereotype that "Asian men don't abuse Asian girls" as one of many reasons why children and young people from BME communities aren't identified as victims of exploitation and abuse. She noted the problem of statutory agencies always consulting with male "community leaders" rather than talking to BME women's organisations. She referred to the Unheard Voices research by the Muslim Women's Network - now available on our website, along with other key reports on CSE. Apna Haq has produced a toolkit - Ending the Silence - to use with parents in different communities around child sexual abuse and exploitation and can train professionals to use it.

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