January 2010

Jailed: The family man who was a monster

A young woman who suffered years of sexual abuse from her father has urged others in her position not to suffer in silence after seeing him jailed.

Charmaine Davies finally got justice after plucking up the courage to go to police about 53-year-old Adrian Davies who blighted her childhood with horrific abuse.

She has waived her right to anonymity in the hope that others in the same situation will gain the courage to speak up.

Davies was jailed for 15 years at Portsmouth Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of 19 sex offences, including multiple charges of rape.

Twenty-four-year-old Charmaine, from Leigh Park, said: ‘To everyone else we must have looked like one big happy family. When we were all out together he was the life and soul and everyone wanted to speak to him.

‘But what he did robbed me of my childhood. I had no father, I had a pretender. A wannabe. He was a bit of a jack-the-lad to everyone outside our home. But he is liar. A disgusting, manipulative piece of scum.’

Charmaine, now a mother herself, remembers the abuse starting between the ages of five and seven and says it continued until she left home at 16.

She tried to block the memories out but they came flooding back to her when he attacked her for the final time in 2008, when she was 23. She said: ‘To be honest, when I told the police it felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

‘When I was younger I tried to tell my mum but she didn’t believe me. My advice to anyone in that position is “don’t give up”.

You should tell someone else until they do believe you. Tell a school friend, a teacher, a neighbour, a relative.

Even if it means losing friends or family it is worth it. Don’t suffer in silence like I did.’ She added: ‘I cried and cried with relief when they read out the guilty verdict and when I found out he was going to prison. ‘This has been an emotional rollercoaster.’

As a youngster she did everything she could to keep out the house, taking up dance, gymnastics and netball after school to put off the inevitable.

‘Looking back now I can see how miserable I was,’ said Charmaine. ‘There were some happy times in my life, like my first dance at a disco when I was little, but I hated having to pretend.

‘It was all blocked out for so many years.’ She is now continuing to concentrate on her own children.

She said: ‘What I want to do now is move on with my life and be happy with myself and my children.