It’s Not Ok

It’s Not Ok

  By Shazia Hobbs   Writer Shazia Hobbs was invited to Cleveland Police HQ, in Middlesborough, to speak at a conference titled ‘It’s Not OK’. The event was about breaking the silence on sexual violence and how to better protect victims. Shazia was representing the Halo Project Charity, an organisation that supports victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM  Here’s what she had to say on the subject.   – – –   I had known for a few months that I was going to be speaking at the ‘It’s Not OK’…

No more silence on the abuse of children

No more silence on the abuse of children

By Shazia Hobbs   Where is the hashtag in solidarity for the Pakistani and Kashmiri children being raped here in the UK? I say Pakistani and Kashmiri because they are not necessarily the same — not all Pakistanis are from Kashmir and child rape occurs in both communities. You only need to follow Pakistani journalists, the ones who are living in Pakistan, on social media to hear of the horrors involving child rape in that country. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that importing huge numbers of people…

Why multiculturalism has failed

Why multiculturalism has failed

By Shazia Hobbs Multiculturalism has spectacularly failed in the town of Rotherham. For the past thirty years, those in charge of safeguarding children and young people have let them down in ways we cannot even comprehend. Some are saying this systematic rape of young, vulnerable white girls, goes back to the 70s. Such is the scale of the abuse, you wonder if it has been happening since the Pakistani men first arrived in the UK to make a better life for themselves and their families. As the daughter of a…