Ahead of tonight’s finale of the three-part BBC drama, Three Girls; I wanted to share this blog post to help raise awareness of the show and the reality behind it. In case you haven’t been watched it, this show started on Tuesday 16 May and is being shown on BBC One every night from Tuesday 16 May until Thursday 18 May at 9pm.
It’s very rare that I feel so passionately about a TV show as I do Three Girls. However, Three Girls is different. This drama follows the harrowing real-life story of three girls that were victims of a child sex grooming ring that was active in Rochdale between 2008-2012. These three girls, are just three of the 200 victims that were a part of the organised sex ring of men who groomed young girls to have sex in exchange for alcohol, cigarettes, small amounts of money or lifts in their ‘taxis’.
The drama follows Holly, who realised that something was wrong with what was happening and went to the police. Not only did they not believe her, but both Holly and her family were then threatened by a member of the ‘gang’ that had previously raped her. I can not even begin to imagine what these girls were going through and to then be let down by the police and child protection is awful.
The reason that I have decided to write this post is not only to raise awareness of these sex rings, it is to raise awareness to support the victims too. As shown on the show, these young girls will often either be unaware that what is happening is wrong or will be too scared to tell anybody due to threats, embarrassment and even being accused of lying.
Unfortunately, the reality is that things like this do happen in the real world and as well as raising awareness within the general public, I think that this show also needs to be shown to students in secondary schools and colleges. Students of that age are those who are being targeted, who are young and think that the ‘benefits’ they are offered are cool and don’t realise that what is happening isn’t okay.
I urge everybody to watch Three Girls if you haven’t already. You can find all of the episodes here. In addition to watching these episodes, please help to spread the word with friends and family as the more people that watch this drama and are exposed to the truth, the better. Hopefully, by everybody sharing the show with others, awareness can be raised and this happening can be prevented.
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