The prosecution in the Dennehy case described her as having cast a 'spell' over her victims. But once girls have effectively earned their stripes — "you've got to think of all this as a pathway" — they are then "seen as equal" to boy members. The prosecution in the Dennehy case described her as having cast a 'spell' over her victims. It's time to wake up and act, says Batmanghelidjh. Not least to help those involved find a new way of life, but because if we fail to do anything, the situation will only get worse and more "well cared-for" children will be caught up in gang warfare too, she says. Much of what is written about women in gangs portrays them as victims.
Over the past decade, this has risen from one in five.
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Last year a play called "She" tackled the myths around girls in gangs. Find your perfect match. We mustn't give up on young society; no child is born bad. Dr Helen Beckett, the lead researcher on the University of Bedfordshire report, agrees a "sense of belonging" is a key reason for women joining gangs, although it's usually a complex mix of the this and "fear, the desire to access protection, disengagement from education and a lack of positive alternatives, poverty and social exclusion, family and or peer involvement and social norms within their social networks". A report by the Centre for Social Justice earlier this year focused on girls being trapped in gangs and living "desperate lives", where rape is considered normal. When they'd done that, the girls stepped in. In the business world, battles of equality between men and women still centre around the lack of women running Britain's boardrooms.