The founder of Shatter Boys, a support group for male survivors of child sexual abuse in Rochdale, has claimed that UKIP has offered to fund them if they raise alarm about grooming gangs.
Daniel Wolstencroft told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright that he “one million per cent” believed that if the authorities had handled historic cases of child sexual abuse “properly in the first place”, the group would not be being approached by these figures.
He said: “If they had not swerved accountability and investigations had been done properly, then I don’t think we would be in this situation.
“I one million per cent believe that. There is also a lack of support services for survivors as well.
“There are survivors like myself coming together and standing up - we are autonomous and not part of any council or NHS.”
Mr Wolstencroft has said that he was not tempted to take the money because they wanted the group to push “anti-Muslim agenda”.
“What they want us to do is push the anti-Muslim agenda and what we do is we fight for survivors and their voices to be heard,” he said.
“If I was to get into bed with UKIP – not literally that would be horrific – then I would have been beholden to them to push their agenda.”
He added: “I don’t think it has got anything to with religion. To me – a paedophile is a paedophile – it does not matter what colour they are.
“I could not care less what colour someone is, we should target all perpetrators.”
Mr Wolstencroft described the people approaching him as “thugs”, and encouraged others to stand up to them.
He added: “It takes an average of 27 years for males to disclose abuse. So when someone finally does, the last thing you want is someone like UKIP jumping on that bandwagon taking credit for the hard work that they have done themselves and twisting it and making it all about brown faces.”
Police from the government’s counter-terrorism Prevent programme have also claimed that there are people using voluntary groups to encourage “anti-Islam” sentiment in towns with historical problems of child sexual exploitation.