Sunflower | Mum should’ve done something

I was a 13 year old who had been abused on and off over two to three years but it got worse when my body started to change. My stepfather used to creep into my room and sexually touch me, I would pretend to be asleep paralyzed with fear. One night my mum stayed out because a relative was really ill. This was the night my life changed forever I went to bed but woke up in my mum’s bed with my stepfather on top of me trying to rape me I screamed and fought I got free and ran out the house I kept running in the dark on a road that wasn’t lit well suddenly there was a car and I was shouting for help, it was a police car they stopped picked me up and took me to the station where I was subjected to nothing short of further abuse by police officers who called me a liar why was I making it up, after all I was no Jane Fonda one of them said, I seen a doctor. They got my mum to the station whereby she called me everything under the sun. I was made to go back home with her and my abuser where I was beaten and called everything under the sun. Next day I was seen by a social worker who took me into care but as it was voluntary care my mother and her monster of a husband still had control over me, including demanding I be moved school so a younger sibling could attend there without having contact with me. I survived I married had children but I’m still haunted by the trauma both my abuser my mother who should have protected me and worse still the very people who should have stopped it the police. They failed me and it has impacted my life since

Constabulary: West Midlands Police

Timespan: 1982-83

Did you report it to the police?: Yes

Do you want to revisit this with the police?: Prefer not to say

Your ethnicity: White British

Have you experienced suicidality due to this?: No

Are you disabled as defined under the Equality Act 2010?: Yes

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