March 2011

Victim ‘elated’ as her sex attacker put behind bars

A sex abuse victim says she is ‘elated’ that someone finally believes her ordeal after her tormentor was put behind bars.

She spoke out as Paul Blagg, 53, of Westwood Road, Heaviley, was jailed for 20 months after he admitted a string of attacks.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years after pleading guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “Being in court was terrifying but when the judge came out and said he was going to jail I was elated – at last someone had believed me.

“It shows people who this happens to that they should report it as I believe when someone starts doing something like this they will not stop.”

She says the abuse sent her into a spiral of drink and drugs and still has a ‘huge’ effect on her life.

“I struggle with eye contact as I believe if people look into my eyes they can see all the badness and hate,” she said.

“Even now certain smells or mannerisms can remind me of him and paralyse me with massive fear.

“When he did things to me I was too scared to do anything other than lie there and wish it would finish.

“It made me start drinking and using drugs. It was the only way I could deal with the emotions.

“I found I couldn’t be intimate with men unless I was drunk.”

She finally found the courage to report Blagg 18 months ago, a decision which led to his sentencing on March 17.

“Now I can put my head on the pillow at night knowing I have done all I can not to allow him to do it again. I don’t hate him now, I just hate what he did.

“I don’t see myself as a victim and hope this will help me move on with the rest of my life. Going through court was the hardest thing I have ever done, if a can find the strength to do that anything is possible.”