Three years ago Jayne Senior helped reveal exploitation in Rotherham involving young children that were being groomed, gang raped and tortured by groups of men.
The Jay report found that nearly 1,400 children had been subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 and the police and council failed to act. The report found that children as young as 11 had been raped; abducted; beaten and trafficked to other towns in England.
Mrs Senior now works for a local charity called Swinton Lock. However, Mrs Senior is now being investigated by Rotherham Council after accusations from some of the victims that she made money from the media appearances and of sharing information inappropriately.
Mrs Senior denies all the allegations and states: “I do not receive money from doing interviews. The only interview I received a small amount of money for has gone to Swinton Lock. I don’t and have not done this for money. Somebody told them I was earning a significant amount of money. Well, I’m not. Here we are nearly three years on, and I feel more vilified than some of the perpetrators in Rotherham.”
Michael Fowler, a former detective who is on the management committee of the charity, said “It just seems they want to attack Jayne’s character and discredit the work she has done as a whistle-blower.”
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman are now to assess the situation and the treatment of Mrs Senior. A spokesman for Rotherham Council said that it had a duty to ensure all complaints were fairly considered.
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