Mum of sex assault victim praises support from police
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2017
A woman whose daughter was sexually assaulted has praised the support her family received in the hope of encouraging other victims to come forward.
A Nailsea man, in his 70s, was sentenced to 42 months in prison at Bristol Crown Court last month for two counts of sexual assault with a female under 13 and encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.
The mother of one victim was overwhelmed with how the police dealt with her daughter and the support they received.
She said: “We went to the police and it helped the other child involved to speak out.
“The police were marvellous – they were so brilliant with my little girl. I think people worry they won’t believe a child, but they were so clever in how they understood her.
“Even though the court case has finished, I’ve been given a number to call for further support.”
The Nailsea woman was also the victim of a sexual assault when she was a child, but never reported it.
She said: “When I finally told my mum I felt like I’d upset people and I grew up with a lot of guilt.
“My daughter didn’t tell me straight away; it took a week and then she couldn’t tell me all of it. She had quite a few bad dreams and it is a case of constantly reassuring her.
“It is daunting and upsetting coming forward, but I kept it in for all these years and I’ve now got depression.”
She hopes speaking out and accessing support will help her daughter to deal with the abuse.
She said: “The support we received was marvellous and I’m going to get some counselling as well now.”
None of the people involved have been named in this story so as to ensure neither of the victims are accidentally identified.