December 2017

Female abused by a Thanet paedophile has spoken out to help others

The survivor of a man jailed for the sexual abuse he subjected her to as a child has spoken about her harrowing ordeal.

Nigel White, 53, was sentenced for 10 years after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

White committed the crimes while living in Greenhithe in the early 1980s, but has lived in multiple addresses in Margate and Ramsgate since 1989.

Just five-years-old when he began abusing her in the 1980s, White’s victim has told Kent Live about about some of the experiences she faced as a child.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she knew it was wrong but did not know what was happening.

She said: “It started at my fifth birthday party, it carried on getting worse and worse. It stopped when I was about 11.

“I said to him I did not like it, I did not want it to happen. I have had quite a lot of therapy since.

“I knew it was wrong, the problem was I couldn’t say anything. He was physically abusive, he used to beat the living daylights out of us.”

Growing up the victim said she always knew she was different and questioned whether she was a virgin.

Sickeningly, she remembers White sitting her on his knee and admitting he “did not always do right by her”.

She added: “He said ‘I know you know I didn’t do things right by you, I am very sorry’. I just bottled everything and buried the bad memories down.

“You know you are different. I was watching the film The Monster Squad when I was about 9-10 and I didn’t know whether I was a virgin or not.”

Following his sentencing on February 10, White’s victim said she was pleased with the sentence.

But she said she was speaking out now to urge those who have been abused to speak out.

“I am quite happy with the outcome. If a child comes forward with an allegation you have to believe them.

“This is not my shame, there will always be someone out there that cares.

“Do not sit in silence, definitely speak out. My life would have been so much different if I had.”

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