August 2011

Teenager urges sex attack victims to come forward

A BRAVE teenager is urging sex attack victims to find the strength to come forward after her abuser was jailed.

It comes after Peter James Anderson was sentence to four years and put on the sex offenders register for life.

A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court found the 31-year-old, of Ffordd Ty Newydd, Meliden, near Prestatyn, guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a female child under the age of 16, after a three-day trial last month.

The girl, who was indecently assaulted in 2008 and twice more in 2009, said she’s “relieved” her attacker is finally behind bars.

“Now I can have some closure and get on with my life,” she said.

“It was a horrible thing to go through and I was so relieved and happy when this man got sent down.

“I’m glad he’s finally got what he deserves and I’d like to encourage all sex attack victims to come forward and tell the police like I did.”

She added: “I do wish I’d have told someone sooner rather than later, but I was too scared and embarrassed. Then I started thinking if he’s capable of doing that to me, then he could do it to someone else, and I’d feel guilty if he had done because I could have put a stop to it.”

The teen’s mum, who has supported her daughter throughout the ordeal, said she had “mixed emotions” about Anderson’s sentence.

“Seeing my little girl giving evidence via video link in court was horrendous,” she said.

“But I was very pleased with the result because I never thought he would get sent down for as long as he did.

“We let her make her own decision as to whether she wanted to go to the police or not. She didn’t at first because of what people might think, her age and because she was embarrassed. But then she just took the decision to ring the police herself. She’s been very brave.”

Anderson, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial, was sentenced to 12 months for the first count and three years for the second and third counts, which he will serve consecutively.

He will be on licence when he is released and subject to a sexual offences prevention order, which bans him from approaching or contacting the victim for five years.

The teenager, who managed to complete and pass her school exams in spite of her turmoil added: “Justice has been done because Anderson’s being punished for what he did to me.

“I still find it very hard to trust a lot of people but I’ve had counselling to help me and the police have been a great support too. It makes me sad to think that there are probably loads more victims out there who don’t have the support that I have and who are too scared to report their attackers.”

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