The British government has set out to give £1.2 million in funding to girls in gangs who have been raped by male members.

13 Young People’s advocates, assigned by the Home Office will be placed in areas most affected by gangs and will support victims of sexual violence or those at risk of becoming victims.

Lynne Featherstone, Equalities Minister, visited the Lilian Baylis Technology School in Kennington south-west London where students were learning about gangs and sexual violence. She said:

It’s quite clear that everyone would be entirely shocked by the level of violence girls and young women have to experience if they get involved with gangs and it has been a very hidden issue…. The fund for advocates is about putting in specialised, expert, sensitive support to work with these young girls so they can be helped. They will form a network across the country to share information and best practice to make inroads into such a horrific issue

Ms. Featherstone said the government would create a support network which would share information and best practice. Det Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police who was also talking to students at the school added

Ultimately girls are disposable, it’s the boys that gain status and respect by putting in work and that means committing crime and hurting people.