The Betrayed Girls: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

A special film screening of ‘The Betrayed Girls,’ introduced by its acclaimed director Henry Singer and followed by a panel discussion.

The Bloomsbury Theatre & Studio
University College London
15 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AH



Please note that in light of the developing situation with COVID-19, we have taken the decision to postpone this screening.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are very much looking forward to rescheduling in the future and we do hope you will join us then.


Thursday 26 March 2020

Come and hear acclaimed director Henry Singer introduce his film ‘The Betrayed Girls,’ followed by panel discussion with consultant paediatrician Dr Deborah Hodes and historian Ruth Beecher.

A superb… brilliant, horrifying documentary — The Guardian

A brilliant but gruelling feature-length documentary about the Rochdale abuse scandal… authoritative and righteously angry, with the power of a gut-punch — The Daily Telegraph

“The Betrayed Girls” is about the exploitation of young girls in Rochdale. Rochdale was not an isolated event – thousands of young children are systematically abused in cities across Britain. On the film’s broadcast in 2017, press reviews focused on the perpetrators’ brutal treatment of the young women and on the failure of agencies like the police and social services to act. They ignored public denial of the prevalence of sexual violence against children.

This event brings academics, activists and practitioners together to think about how we can better respond to what children tell us and protect them. The aim is to get us thinking and talking about:

  • Our emotional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation and how that affects our behaviour as citizens, practitioners, filmmakers, artists, academics or activists;
  • The private and public domains of abuse and exploitation;
  • How we as practitioners, filmmakers, artists, and/ or scholars can talk and write about sexual violence without re-enacting or sensationalizing events.



Thursday 26 March 2020 from 18.00 – 21.00

This is an invitation only event. If you would like to attend or would like more information, please contact us us at