For the first time, a woman spoke about how she was repeatedly raped and how the police had let her down. Using the name Jennifer, the woman, who is now in her 40s, was arrested for prostitution and by the time she was 19 she had 52 convictions. She was targeted by a gang taking care of her in Telford, Shropshire, in what has been described as Britain’s worst child abuse scandal. Jennifer said that she was eleven years old when she first encountered her rapists by a boy she was seeing who introduced her to an older relative.
She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper, before a public investigation where she would testify, that they then allowed their friends to rape her. She was one of many girls who were drugged, beaten, and raped by the gang in the 1980s. Jennifer said that she would be abused by up to 10 men every night.
She said, “I thought the only way out was death because I went to the police and they didn’t want to help me. My life was a living hell, I felt lonely.” Jennifer, who is now a mother, said that when she returned to school she was told that she missed her too much so she didn’t come from the age of 14 to 16 years old.
Not enough questions were asked about her absence, so the abuse continued. After she fell from the system, a big man took her across the country until she was raped by strangers. She said: He also imprisoned me in an apartment with iron bars for three or four days. I was told that the police thought I had been kidnapped but they did nothing. “In the end he was arrested but after the case was dropped, he showed up at her home and a rifle to threaten her. West Mercia Police said the case was not successful because the officers were unable to identify the rapists. West Midlands Police said they would review and investigate any new evidence presented.”