I recently wrote in response to the Quilliam Foundation’s report on CSE. I asserted then, as I continue to do so, that to racialise both victims and perpetrators of CSE is damaging and exposes all our children and young people to harm. I mentioned an encounter I had with a young, Pakistani Muslim woman - … Continue reading “Invitation to Brave Space” – Let’s talk about racism
This week, the Times published an article which documented the story of Shamima Begum, one of the three 15-year-old girls from Britain who travelled together to Syria around 4 years ago. The journalist, Anthony Loyd, had traced Shamima to a refugee camp in Syria. Heavily pregnant at the time of the interview, the now 19-year-old … Continue reading Shamima Begum: Children, Grooming and Consent
Child abuse is an issue in just about every community, it would seem no-one can be complacent even faith communities, even Christian faith communities to which I belong. Everyone is aware of the highly publicised cases of CSE that have involved Muslim perpetrators, and Christian perpetrators. These are not the only Christian contexts where it … Continue reading Forgiveness in the context of abuse
A recent advert by Gillette highlighted a range of issues that have been receiving increasingly widespread attention. The ad has been met with both praise and criticism by men and women from across different social and religious representations. It includes video footage of media coverage of the #MeToo movement that saw women and men speak … Continue reading The Best Men Can Be. Can we have a conversation?
We have a CD in our car, that my five-year-old requests over and over again. It’s a series of fairy-tales, and we’ve listened to them so often now that I’m getting pretty good at telling them myself - accents included. They’ve created some fun conversation about who is ‘good’, and who is ‘bad’, what princesses … Continue reading Whose job is it to make the woods safe?
The recent airing of Surviving R. Kelly, a docuseries giving spotlight to alleged victims and witnesses of multiple cases of sexual abuse committed by producer and singer R. Kelly, has reignited an ongoing conversation about how girls are exploited in the music industry. Although the allegations against the self-proclaimed ‘Pied Piper’ which span decades are shocking … Continue reading Surviving R. Kelly and the music industry: Where were the parents?
I am a church leader in his 60s who is continually understanding how much he still must learn. Over the last few years I have discovered lots about prejudice, especially my own. I have become aware that our prejudices impact how we view everything, including CSE. Judgements about young victims on the basis of their gender, ethnicity or … Continue reading Prejudice