21 October 2020
SHaME Research Hub is pleased to present a special screening and panel discussion of ‘The Betrayed Girls’ as part of Bloomsbury Festival 2020.
SHaME postdoctoral researcher Dr Ruth Beecher presents a special screening of ‘The Betrayed Girls’ documentary and panel discussion with its acclaimed director Henry Singer, consultant community paediatrician Dr Deborah Hodes, director working with young people’s services Bose Onaboye, and historian Dr Sarah Marks.
‘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 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 together academics, activists and practitioners to explore visions of a future in which we can better respond to what children tell us and protect them. The discussion will address:
- 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 scholars can address sexual violence without re-enacting or sensationalising events.
Age Guidance: 18 yrs +
FREE – but pre-booking essential
For more information and to register, please visit Bloomsbury Festival’s website here:
*The Betrayed Girls film and discussion was originally planned as a live event, but has now moved online. Bloomsbury Festival will contact all ticket holders with joining details a few days prior to the event. Please ensure you give correct contact details when booking.