MENU

Reason.com

Free Minds & Free Markets

Brickbat: Looking Out for the Children

Scared childJelena Ivanovic / Dreamstime.comIn 2016, Arshid Hussain was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in a grooming gang that sexually abused more than 50 girls in Rotherham, England. The Rotherham Council recently contacted Hussain offering to keep him involved in the life of a child he fathered with one of the girls he assaulted. "We're constantly being re-victimized and as a rape victim I'm constantly told 'well actually, he's got his human rights,'" said Sammy Woodhouse, the mother of the child. "What about my human rights? "

Photo Credit: Jelena Ivanovic / Dreamstime.com

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Maryland, where Arvin Vohra holds appointed office, recently passed a bill allowing the courts to terminate the parental rights of a rapist. The other states that did not allow the court to terminate the parental rights of rapists are New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Mississippi and Alabama. Given the courts poor track record when it comes to correctly ruling on rape cases, I'm not sure we should allow it to terminate parental rights on rape grounds.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    I would hope that the court took into consideration exactly who the rape victim was. Was it the mother of the child, or someone else? Should a man be refused access to his children (not begotten by rape) for raping a different woman?

  • sarcasmic||

    Talk about lighting the 'John' signal...

  • AlmightyJB||

    How is Rotherham Council still alive?

  • Drake||

    Yeah, good question. You'd think they'd all be headless by now...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Limeys are turning into a real freakshow.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    The guys got legit child grooming skills. Would be a shame to waste them.

  • SQRLSY One||

    This is yet another reason why women need the power to abort, safely. If you have been impregnated (by force or by deception, by false promises) by an asshole, you need an emergency exit! What does it take for men to be able to understand that?

  • Mickey Rat||

    It is just possible she had that option and rejected it. It is not as if abortion is illegal in the UK..

  • Drake||

    Ah, yeah? It's also possible that some piece of shit coerced her into having it. Maybe one of his fellow muzzie rapist scumbags threatened to cut her fucking head off if she didn't. Or maybe some hyper-PC progtard faggot told her she's a racist if she did and she meekly complied. Or her asshole family cleric told her it was a gift from their invisible sky daddy like Todd Aiken said, and, being traumatized, was just too weak to resist and got browbeaten into keeping it, even if she was fucking raped.

    Could be any of those. Could be none of them. Maybe she kept it just because. Who knows...

  • Social Justice is neither||

    Did you read UK and just think Saudia Arabia?

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    a grooming gang that sexually abused more than 50 girls in Rotherham, England

    That actually happened??? I thought it was just fake news invented by the alt-right to oppose the Koch / Reason immigration agenda!

    Well, even if it did happen it doesn't affect my support for unlimited, unrestricted immigration at all.

    #OpenBorders
    #NoBanNoWall
    #AbolishICE
    #LibertariansAgainstIslamophobia
    #Diversity

  • AlmightyJB||

    #rapeaccusationsareracist
    #metoounlessabuserisminoritythenstfu

  • Conchfritters||

    Shithole country.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    ShitHEEL country; shit holes are from where migrant caravans emanate.

  • Juice||

    Why is it called a grooming gang and not a rape gang?

  • perlchpr||

    "We're constantly being re-victimized and as a rape victim I'm constantly told 'well actually, he's got his human rights,'"

    I'm willing to say that no, on that account, he doesn't any more.

  • Longtobefree||

    Welcome to the progressive future.
    Great Britain is not a country to emulate, but it is loved by the political party that hates individual freedom.

  • GryFalcon||

    What about THE CHILD'S human rights. No one ever mentions THAT.

    If it's a girl, he could father another child on his own daughter...

  • GryFalcon||

    The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that it was a crime for Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff to call the prophet Mohammed a pedophile for marrying and consumating his marriage with a NINE YEAR OLD. In Europe, calling a man who rapes a nine year old a pedophile is not protected free speech. Or, rather, if you are associated with religion, you get a free pass on raping children. And, apparently, when you are not associated with religion, you still get a free pass on some aspects related to rape.

    I wonder, is it also illegal to call such a man a rapist? Perhaps in Europe, there is no rape in marriage. Or, perhaps we should all pretend it was consensual because we do not have evidence to the contrary. That nine year old girl was asking for it.

    This is why we need WOMEN in political offices.
    Europe sucks!

  • GryFalcon||

    The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that it was a crime for Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff to call the prophet Mohammed a pedophile for marrying and consumating his marriage with a NINE YEAR OLD. In Europe, calling a man who rapes a nine year old a pedophile is not protected free speech. Or, rather, if you are associated with religion, you get a free pass on raping children. And, apparently, when you are not associated with religion, you still get a free pass on some aspects related to rape.

    I wonder, is it also illegal to call such a man a rapist? Perhaps in Europe, there is no rape in marriage. Or, perhaps we should all pretend it was consensual because we do not have evidence to the contrary. That nine year old girl was asking for it.

    This is why we need WOMEN in political offices.
    Europe sucks!

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online