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Mar 23, 2014|
Head teachers in British schools often "turn a blind eye" to gang activity, including sexual exploitation, in order to preserve the reputation of their educational institutions, a new study has found.
According to the research entitled “The Girls and Gangs,” published on Sunday, thousands of British girls are being subjected to sexual abuse, gun handling and drug running in gang-associated contexts.
The study, conducted by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think tank and the London youth charity XLP, also criticized the UK Home Office for doing “too little” to combat gang culture over the past three years.
"We are often unsighted about the desperate plight of girls embroiled in gangs,” said Edward Boyd, CSJ deputy policy director and editor of the research, adding, "They live in a parallel world where rape is used as a weapon and carrying drugs and guns is seen as normal."sA recent report by the British government estimated the number of victims of child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups to be almost 2,500, but experts say the number is higher.
In November last year, a study revealed that children as young as 11 are being sexually assaulted by other youngsters as part of gang violence in Britain.
The two-year investigation, conducted by Bedfordshire University for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, warned that the scale of sexual assaults indicates a “deep malaise” within the British society that needs to be addressed.