South Asian girls who have been sexually abused are less likely to report their ordeal than children from other backgrounds, a parliamentary inquiry into child grooming has been told. Girls from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds are reluctant to come forward for fear of being alienated or ostracised by their communities. Alyas Karmani, director of Street - a Bradford-based group working with vulnerable young people - told the Home Affairs Committee young Asian girls were more vulnerable to groomers because "they are unlikely to talk about it". He said: "It's because they feel they will be labelled for bringing dishonour upon themselves and their families. Nina, a single parent whose name has been changed to protect her identity, said she discovered her eight-year-old daughter was being abused by her neighbour and friend in one of Bradford's inner city areas. Although Nina reported it to the police, she still feels she has been given a hard time by the community for speaking out. She said she "lost a lot of friends over it".
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By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline. A young girl was 'passed around' and had sex with men by the time she was 16, jurors in a child sex abuse trial were told. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims the abuse she suffered between and began when she was just 13 years old. Her account was given in a video interview played at the trial of eight Asian men accused of the sexual abuse of five girls over a five-year period from to Tanweer Ali left and Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar right both stand accused of indecently assaulting the girl between and The men were arrested and charged as part of Operation Stovewood , an investigation into sexual abuse which was launched after the Rotherham grooming scandal. On Friday Sept 7 , Sheffield Crown Court heard how her number would be passed around between the men - with others then 'demanding' to meet her. She said: 'I can honestly say that by the age of 16 I had slept with Asian men - some I didn't see again.
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Asian - as well as white - girls are being groomed for sex by Asian men in Rotherham, victim support groups say. Support workers believe that a report on children abused in the town between and may have under-estimated the number because it was unlikely to include the experiences of Asian girls. The Jay report , published in August, put the figure at at least 1, But Yasmin Ishaq, who has supported victims, said: "It's not just the young white girls that they're targeting. Ms Ishaq, who runs a voluntary organisation, said men who they knew to be abusers had never been prosecuted and were also systematically abusing young girls within their own network of family and friends. There's no record of what's happened to them. They're too afraid to have ever gone to the law.
Until Chao Rong was 18 years old, she thought that giving birth was easy. The students Yao talks to through Rodoko are mainly from her hometown of Beijing, but ignorance about sexual matters is widespread throughout the country. Chao remembers a school friend from Jinan in Shandong province who, when she was 17, kissed her boyfriend at the time and was worried that she would get pregnant. The national curriculum only requires that students are taught basic anatomy, and even then these lessons are often sidelined to make space for more exam-focused studies. What exists of sex education is normally delivered to early teenage students, before more complicated questions about sex might arise, and even then the classes can be loaded with moralizing. Outside of the classroom, popular culture does little more to help young people learn about sex. Sex is very rarely depicted on television and at the cinema; foreign movies will have any sex scenes cut before being released in China. The consequences of such poor education are graver than a few funny anecdotes about belated biology lessons, especially for young women.