Sexual abuse victims urge others to come forward

Published November 3, 2014 by JS2

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SPEAKING OUT: Donna Slater, right, with her aunt, Marion Bradley

A WOMAN who was raped by her father is calling on victims of sexual abuse to come forward to put their attackers behind bars.

Retired diesel fitter George Slater, who raped his daughter and sexually assaulted his sister-in-law, was jailed last month for 13 years for a catalogue of historic offending.

Now Donna Slater and Marion Bradley have waived their right anonymity to urge other victims of sex offenders to come forward.

Ms Slater, 43, who lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, and has a 12-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter of her own, said: “We have suffered all lives for this. I want people to know what kind of a man he is. He should be named and shamed.

“He does not deserve to come out of prison. I hope he rots.”

Ms Slater said the abuse at the hands of her father has left deep emotional scars.

She said: “My life has been a mess, mentally and physically. I have tried to harm myself and relationships have failed because of it.

“I made numerous attempts on my own life.”

“I want other people to come forward. I know it has made me feel. Once you do you realise you are not the only person out there.”

The Northern Echo:
BREACH OF TRUST: Slater with daughter Donna

later, 72, of Ouston, was jailed following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

He was convicted of one count of rape and ten charges of sexual assault against his daughter between 1974 and 1985.

He began molesting her when she was a little girl and raped her when she was 11.

Slater abused his wife Anne’s little sister, Marion, over a two year period between 1967 and 1968 and began when she was aged eight.

Ms Bradley, 55, who is a great grandmother-of-one, with two grandchildren and four children, and lives in Dunston, believes publicity following the revelations about sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile made police take their case seriously.

She said: “I think it helped a lot. It is a hard thing to do, but I hope other people in our position will also come forward

“His victims were very young when it happened. He is a pervert. A sick pervert.”

Northumbria Police Superintendent Lisa Orchard said officers always takes allegations of rape and sexual offences seriously and urges victims to report abuse.

She said: “Their welfare and safety is paramount and we work closely with victims to make sure they receive the help and support they need as investigations are progressed.

“I’d like to commend the bravery of the victims in this case during what was an extremely difficult time for them. I hope this sentence gives others the confidence to come forward.”

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