Unsaid (for the children abused in Rotherham)

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So many it is said
Will be paid compensation
For the countless lies
Brushed under the carpet,

Phone calls not returned
And personal callers
Brushed away

Letters dropped in confidential waste
And meetings deleted
From diaries

Warnings ignored from youth workers
And support workers
That something was really wrong

Inquires that seemed to get
Constantly delayed
Until they are almost forgotten
By even the people
They are writing them for

And aplogises that should
Have been released years back
Than they were

Not laced in needles
And cheap booz
In the back of cars

Herded from town to town
Until they are left broken
Like torn apart rag dolls.



(Wrote after reading this article on BBC News)


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 6th Sep 2014 16:27

Well done, Andy. Check your time sequencing 'until they were almost forgotten' and 'people they were writing them for'. A small point in a good topical work.

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Candice Reineke

Fri 5th Sep 2014 15:21

Andy, this story hurts my heart. Those who hide and/or ignore the atrocity of child abuse are no different than those who commit it. Thanks for writing this.

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