A 58-year-old father in the UK, who has not been named to protect the identities of the victims, was sentenced to 21 years in jail in early March for raping his daughters.
The man began sexually assaulting one daughter in the 1980s, but after she left home in an effort to escape the terror, he began sexually abusing the other daughter in the 1990s. The older sister told Warwick Crown Court that she felt guilty for leaving her sister, but had initially assumed she would be safe because her father would never treat her the same way.
The kicker … although he had been groping his youngest daughter since she was 11 years old, he didn’t rape her until she confided in him at the age of 16 that she was gay and “struggling with her identity.” In an even more horrific twist, his motive was to show her that “sex with men is better.” We won’t even begin to discuss his extreme and uncontrollable rage prior to choosing to assault her nor the lack of shock present about his non-guilty plea at the beginning of his trial.
The man was found guilty of three counts of rape, nine counts of indecent assault, and one count of indecency with a child which resulted in not only 21 years behind bars, but he will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least two-thirds of his sentence (the normal is at least half served), he must serve an additional five years on license (under supervision including specific conditions), and he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The presiding judge, Andrew Lockhart, made sure to inform the man of the lucky break he received for his sentencing as indecent assaults performed in the 1980s were only punishable by five years compared to the modern-day life imprisonment for penetrative sexual activity he could’ve received.
The courage these two women possessed to relive the horror and speak up against their father years later to receive justice is truly remarkable. Hopefully, they are finally able to feel some sort of relief in addition to receiving positive support in their efforts to move on.
**If you, or anyone you know, are a victim to domestic abuse of any kind, please do not hesitate to contact the 24-hour free helplines: 1-800-799-7233 (US) and 0808 2000 247 (UK).