Rotherham child abuse: Victorian education official says she is sorry

The director of children’s services in the English town of Rotherham for three of the 16 years during which 1,400 children were sexually exploited, and who now works as deputy secretary of Victoria’s education department, said she “can’t not” take responsibility for what happened.

Dr. Sonia Sharp, who began working in Melbourne with the department’s education and early childhood development division in 2012, said she wished she could have done more to prevent the abuse.

A report published this week following a long-term investigation blamed failures of political and police leadership for the gang rape, trafficking, and exploitation of the children in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

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