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Second sex abuse victim hits out at Port paedophile

Published October 9, 2014 by misty534

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ANOTHER child abuse survivor of Port pervert Daniel Williamson has broken her anonymity to encourage other victims of abuse.

Rebecca Moffat, 21, said she wanted to share her story to help those too afraid to speak out and get help.

Today the Greenock student describes her journey to justice — from the heartbreak of being shunned by family members to dropping out of a college course because of the stress of the case.

Brave Rebecca, who was abused as a five-year-old, said: “This is not about naming and shaming, I’d rather give someone else a bit of hope.”

On Tuesday, Williamson’s other victim Shannon Douglas, 19, decided to waive her right to anonymity and told the Telegraph about the lasting impact of the abuse she had suffered.

Rebecca, her second cousin, said: “When I was in court giving evidence there was a screen up so I didn’t have to see him.

“This is now my way of bringing the screen down.

“I know I don’t need to put myself out there and let people know who I am but I don’t want to have that screen up any more.

“I just want people to know that if this has happened to you — if you have ever been sexually assaulted or abused — that it’s okay, you don’t even have to tell your parents.

“Victim Support is totally confidential and they are amazing.”

Rebecca used the Victim Support service in Inverclyde for six months when reports of the abuse first surfaced.

She said: “When I first told my mum about it I was a mess, I was not fit to go to court.

“I don’t think Victim Support is praised enough for what it does.

“You can just talk the way you want to talk, cry if you want to cry.

“They even sit in court with you. It’s someone who is there for you so you’re not facing the sheriff and the defence lawyer, which is daunting.

“I was initially so determined that I was not going to court.

“But then I went to Victim Support and they made me feel a thousand times better.”

Rebecca was abused on various occasions between 1997 and 2000 at an address in Greenock’s Grant Street.

Williamson used ‘lewd, libidinous and indecent practices’ towards her when she was aged between four and six.

She said: “You never think that something like that is going to happen in your family.

“I never realised it was happening to me.”

Rebecca said some family members had shunned her after she spoke to police.

She added: “Court was never an option for me at the start, I just wanted it sorted out in the family.

“Some members of my family left me heartbroken because they totally dismissed it and swept it under the rug.

“I guess that’s part and parcel, someone will always say you are lying.

“It’s been difficult to deal with because I had such a close-knit family.

“I dropped out of my college course at that time.

“I was doing an HNC which I later started again, so it set me back a year.”

Rebecca is now back on track with her studies and is in the third year of a business management degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

She said: “I am never going to undo this, it’s part of me but I’ve come to terms that it happened.

“I’ve had flashbacks but they will fade out.

“Growing up I found it difficult to admit this happened.

“I would say to others to do something about it, even for yourself because you are never going to live with it — it’s going to eat you up or they are going to do it again.”

Rebecca finished by praising her partner, saying: “I literally couldn’t have gone through this last hurdle without holding her hand.

“She has kept me strong and made me remember exactly why I was doing this when it got harder than I could handle. I love her very much.”

To find out more about Victim Support call 01475 787300.