Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Child Abuse Sentence Lets Victim 'Reclaim Control' I Want Others to Hate Him as I Have Hated Myself Says Woman

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Child Abuse Sentence Lets Victim 'Reclaim Control' I Want Others to Hate Him as I Have Hated Myself Says Woman

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Byline: Sophie Barley Crime Reporter sophie.barley@trinitymirror.com

A BRAVE woman who was the victim of an attempted rape as a child faced her attacker in court telling him she has "reclaimed control" as she watched a judge jail him for eight years.

Former teacher David Farlow, 68, who has prostate cancer, was jailed for a string of "vile" sex crimes against three children from 1965 to 1980.

The court heard how the three victims kept the assaults, which happened in Stockton, a secret for more than 40 years.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said: "The truth is now out and the dark shadow that has been hanging over these women may be beginning to lift."

And one of the victims - the first to bravely come forward - was at Teesside Crown Court to watch her attacker sentenced.

In emotional scenes, she stood up to read out a powerful victim impact statement to her attacker.

She said: "I wanted to be in court today to have the strength to face my perpetrator and for him to know it was me who told.

"I wanted to reclaim control. I want him to hurt, to be scared, to feel loneliness, despair and anguish as I have done.

"I want others to hate him as I have hated myself."

The court heard that all three victims were aged under 14 when the incidents happened. Farlow was aged 17 when he started the abuse.

One of the victims was just nine when the abuse started.

Police fear there were more victims who have not yet come forward.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the court Farlow was convicted in court in 1974 for indecent abuse but the true extent of his behaviour was not unearthed and he was fined PS200 and given a probation order.

He was described as a "respectable" man in the area where he lived with character references given to the judge Judge Ashurst said: "What they are unaware of is the other side of your life it goes back 35 years ago and memories of what happened then have not faded in respect of the three women. …

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