Yorkshire news Huddersfield child rape survivor writes powerful open letter MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - 'I celebrated. I drank champagne and danced for joy. I am finally free of the fear of him'
Breaking News ! The victim of a serial child rapist has written a powerful statement on the devastating impact the abuse has had on her life. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was abused repeatedly by Huddersfield rapist Brian Catling from the age of 11. She was one of three girls who reported his sickening crimes to the police and Catling was eventually convicted in 2016. The 61-year-old was serving a 20-year prison sentence when he was found dead in his cell on October 15 this year. A cause of death has not yet been established. Following the news, two of his victims have bravely come forward to share their stories of survival with us. One of them has decided to tell her story in the form of a letter. Here it is in full. Read More Related Articles Huddersfield child rapist Brian Catling found dead in his prison cell Read More Related Articles Brave Huddersfield victim of child rapist Brian Catling says 'I would love to dance on his grave' after sudden death Starting when I was 11, a man who I should have been able to trust raped me repeatedly over years. Many years later, I found the courage to speak up and report his crimes to the police. After a long and difficult process that man was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. This week I learned that he was found dead in a prison cell. I celebrated. I drank champagne and danced for joy. I am finally free of the fear of him and I am overjoyed. 'The fear of that monster still existing in my world lived on' My story sounds simpler than it feels. I had hoped for closure when the verdict was read in 2016 but, proud as I was to have found my voice and gone after justice, it never felt like justice had been done. Many charges had been dropped by the CPS along the way. Many painful memories had been relived but dismissed. My hurt minimised for the apparent convenience of the justice system and processes. Eventually two counts of rape were tried alongside accusations by other victims. Read More Related Articles Huddersfield shop boss defends CCTV mask detector stressing it 'does not discriminate or ban' anyone Read More Related Articles Can you travel into a Tier 3 area and can I still go on holiday if I live in Tier 3, 2, or 1? In the end, a 20-year sentence felt like a token gesture against the decades of hurt inflicted on multiple children whose lives had been forever shaped by the most unimaginable torment at the hands of a repeat predator. I was told I had done well and while I knew that to be true, my victory felt insufficient and the fear of that monster still existing in my world lived on. Over recent months discussion of early release has started to bubble and the appalling reality of routine half sentence release has become clear.
. It is not yet four years since the trial but already I have had to face the idea of being back in a world where he would be free. All my childhood feelings of powerlessness reignited so soon after so-called justice. Today I am finally free of that fear for good. I hope, as more details of his death emerge, that it becomes clear he had no hope of release. That his last years, months, weeks and days were haunted with fear, loneliness and abject misery in a cold prison cell. 'I hope he knew that we, his victims, had beaten him' I hope he knew that we, his victims, had beaten him and taken away his freedom to hope as he had ours as children. I hope he remembered all the threats and manipulation that led him there and regretted believing he had gotten away with it all for decades. I wish the CPS had provided justice for me it didn't, I wish it hadn't taken death to close the door on my ongoing fear. It did. I am overjoyed he died in prison. It was what he always deserved.
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Seeking support, advice and ways of reporting child abuse Call police on 101 if you have been a victim of abuse. If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response. Child Exploitation Online Protection command - ceop.police.uk Internet Watch Foundation - www.iwf.org.uk Marie Collins Foundation – www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk Childline is available for young people on 0800 1111 or online Anyone concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000. Adult victims of non-recent sexual abuse can also get in touch for support.
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