Broken and Betrayed

The true story of the Rotherham abuse scandal by the woman who fought to expose it

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For fourteen years, Jayne Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers. As the manager of Risky Business, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she heard heartbreaking and shocking stories of abuse and assiduously kept notes and details of the perpetrators, passing information on to the authorities in the belief that they would do something. Eventually, when she lost hope that the authorities would take action against the gangs she had identified as the abusers, she became a whistleblower for The Times investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk.

Now, in her powerful memoir, she describes a life spent working to protect Rotherham's girls, the pressure put on her to stop rocking the boat, and why she risked prison in the hope that she could help end the appalling child exploitation in the town.

About Jayne Senior

Jayne Senior managed Risky Business, a youth work programme reporting to Rotherham's social services, for fourteen years. When she was forced out of that position, she took a job managing Swinton Lock, which works with troubled kids, and in 2013 was asked by MP Sarah Champion to take on a role supporting the victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham. Broken and Betrayed is her story of a life spent working to protect Rotherham's girls. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE.

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Three Pan Macmillan authors on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Three Pan Macmillan authors on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

13 June 2016

By Pan Macmillan

We were delighted to see that Brian Blessed, Anna Kessel and Jayne Senior were amongst those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2016.