November 2018

Man who was systematically raped says community turned on HIM when he told police

Ajaz Butt

A man who was sexually assaulted more than 100 times when he was a child has spoken out about the horrific abuse he suffered from the age of six.

Amer Hussain was first abused when he was just six years old by his uncle Ajaz Butt (pictured) who travelled from Pakistan to Mr Hussain’s family house in Swansea.

The youngster suffered further abuse when he was sent to boarding school in Pakistan at the age of nine, where he was assaulted every night for six months before he returned to Wales.

And Mr Hussain was even abused at a family funeral in Bristol when he was 12 years old by his mother’s distant cousin Sajid Butt.

Mr Hussain, now 39, revealed how he faced a “backlash” from his community when he finally reported the abuse to the police years later, despite his close family being supportive.

Mr Hussain said: “Once I went to the police I had a backlash.

“The community wanted us to try and sort this out between elders. The sort of conversations I was having was people telling me that I should forgive them.”

The 39-year-old said he had received death threats for involving the police.

He said: “I was getting death threats from people after I went to the police.”

Mr Hussain described how he has found the attack by the community harder to deal with than the court case.

Sajid Butt

He said: “The reaction from people within the community to me coming forward has actually affected me more than going over what happened in the court case.”

Mr Hussain has waived his anonymity and spoken publicly about his abuse as he hopes to help other people who have suffered similar experiences.

He said: “My story is one of the craziest things ever but if I can help just one person with everything I have gone through.

“Once you are abused, trust me, your life is in so much pain. But if I can stop it happening to someone else just by being open and letting people be aware.”

Ajaz Butt, 55, was sentenced to nine years in prison for six counts of indecent assault at Swansea Crown Court on October 12 2018.

Seven other charges, including rape and buggery, were left to lie on file.

On March 12 this year Sajid Butt, 48, admitted three counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and one count of attempted buggery.

He was sentenced to to six years under a Mental Health Act hybrid order, meaning he will be detained in hospital for part of the sentence.