Warning: This post contains graphic and distressing details of child sex abuse, rape and violence.
For 14 years this young woman from NSW was raped, molested, mutilated and abused by her father. She was locked in a shed or a small box outside and sexually abused. She was made to perform sex acts on him for Father’s Day or birthdays.
For 14 years – from the time he first raped her at the age of five while her mother was in hospital giving birth to her sister – to the time she was 18 she was subjected to one of the worst cases of child abuse a court had heard.
Her mother – who condoned the abuse, told her that her father was “doing what was best.”
Sydney's District Court. Via Twitter.
Now, this young woman has stood before her abusers and faced them telling them their "putrid acts of torture" will haunt her forever but not break her.
In Sydney's District Court the young woman, along with her sister, who was also abused faced her parents.
The mother and father sat there, supported by another sibling, and heard from the daughters whose lives they destroyed. The father still denying it, at one stage telling the court he was not responsible for the abuse.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the oldest sister said despite their "evil” and “putrid acts” she had survived.
She had gone back to TAFE, finished Year 12 and was now putting herself through a degree at university.
She said she wanted a "chance at closure and to start a new life".
Her parents were convicted over the abuse in July.
Those who sat through the 12 week trial described it as the worst case of child abuse they had heard.
For nights on end, the girl would be tied and left in the shed, and when she grew older, she would be locked inside a tiny box. During these periods, she was left unfed and forced to miss school. When her siblings asked where she was, the father would lie saying she was at a friend's house.
The court heard that the daughter grew up desperately wanting to please her father, who had also given up his job to act as her sporting coach when she began to show exceptional talent. On "special days" she was particularly desperate to keep him happy, so he would not be angry.