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More victims come forward after Rotherham sexual abuse sentencing

A number of people have come forward to police in South Yorkshire over the weekend to report sexual abuse following the sentencing of four men and two women last week for child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham.

Police say it is encouraging to learn that victims and survivors are becoming more confident Credit: PA

The gang, who sexually exploited teenage girls in the town, were sentenced to 102 years in prison last week.

Detective Superintendent Natalie Shaw, who heads up South Yorkshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: "It is incredibly encouraging to learn that victims and survivors are becoming more confident and reassured by the police response to child sexual exploitation and that they now feel able to come forward and share their experiences with us."

She added:

Those who have come forward in the last few days will begin receiving support from not only police, but a wide range of other agencies including the local authority and the voluntary sector. We are determined to bringing the perpetrators of these vile crimes against children to justice. To victims out there yet to come forward, who may still be suffering abuse now, I’d urge you to make contact with police so we can give you the support you need.

– Detective Superintendent Natalie Shaw, who heads up the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit