THOUSANDS of children a year are raped by organised gangs — who give fellow perverts sick “menus” to pick their victims, an official report said yesterday.
It reveals 2,409 youngsters were abused in the space of just 14 months. But astonishingly, Government sources branded the report “hysterical” and “highly emotional” last night.
The devastating document details how paedophiles can browse at leisure for children to attack with the aid of photos and details including ages on the menus.
In addition to recorded attacks, another 16,500 children were seen as being at “high risk”, according to the report by Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz.
In one abuse case, a six-month series of sickening attacks left a 12-year-old girl looking like “a ravaged, haggard old woman”.
Ms Berelowitz also referred to a “conspiracy of silence” which allowed BBC DJ Jimmy Savile to “rape with impunity for decades.”
She said: “Each year, thousands of children are raped and abused by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them. The impact on lives is devastating.
“These children have been abducted, trafficked, beaten and threatened after being drawn into a web of sexual violence. Abuse and violence can be relentless and can take place anywhere.”
In nearly half of cases, online porn was a factor. Attackers bragged of acting out vile scenes they had watched. Abusers ranged in age from 12 to more than 70.
Most targets were girls. Many, but not all, came from broken families and children’s homes.
And social media was used to organise gangs and groom victims.
The report also reveals how street gangs systematically carry out abuse. Girls from rival gangs can be raped during turf wars.
The true figure for abuse could be twice as high because agencies in half of the 38 police forces failed to provide statistics.
Ms Berelowitz’s chilling findings are in an interim report for the period August 2010 to October 2011, published half-way through a two-year investigation.
It follows outrage after nine Asian men were jailed this year for raping and abusing young white girls in Rochdale.
The report also identified warning signs of a child being abused. These include running away from home, truancy and self-harm.
Professor Jenny Pearce, who did research for the report, said victims were scared to tell police, who should be more “pro-active”.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “We need an action plan from the Government to protect and support these children. Police, health services and other organisations must do more.”
A Government insider commented: “We treat the issue seriously and want to do all we can to help victims. But this report is highly emotional. We have concern about some of the figures.”
Teegan, abused from 12
TEEGAN is a white British woman who has been sexually exploited from the age of 12.
Her Turkish boyfriend took her to “parties” where groups of men from a variety of ethnic backgrounds would rape her. She revealed men were given a book with photos and ages of girls available to rape.
Her abusers paid up to £500 an hour and would even film the attacks. When Teegan complained she was beaten and threatened.
A BRITISH Pakistani aged 17, Sahida was sexually abused by a family member.
When her family found out, they threatened her with a forced marriage.
As a result, she started to spend time with groups of older Asian men who sexually exploited her.
The attacks led to her becoming pregnant and when family members found out, they physically assaulted her as a “punishment”.
A WHITE British girl aged 13, Becky was sexually exploited and raped by a group of boys who went to the same school.
When her parents were not at home, the perverted gang forced Becky to become involved in “sex parties” that were advertised on Facebook.
She was consistently raped by groups of boys and is now being helped by social workers.
REBECCA, a 15-year-old black British girl, was forced by a group of girls to have sex with a boy in the toilets at her school.
The cruel gang of teenage girls threatened to beat her up if she refused to go through with it.
The savage rape by the boy was filmed on a mobile phone.
Terrified Rebecca had never had sex before the brutal assault.
Race link is ‘buried’
FIGURES showing one in four child abusers is Asian are played down in yesterday’s report, ministers fear.
Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz revealed 415 of the 1,514 abusers identified were Asian. That is 27 per cent.
Yet only six per cent of British people are from Asian backgrounds.
But Ms Berelowitz insisted abuse of white girls by Pakistani gangs was “only one pattern”.
She said: “When people focus on that one model they are not identifying all victims because they think all victims are white girls.”
A Whitehall source said: “We are not going to allow political correctness to stand in the way of helping children who need it most.”