Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Everything Isn't Fine - Our Lives Have Been Destroyed'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Everything Isn't Fine - Our Lives Have Been Destroyed'

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THE life of a victim of horrific sex abuse whose story was told in the BBC's drama and documentary on the Rochdale grooming scandal remains in turmoil, her father has said.

Holly - as she was called in the threepart series Three Girls - and her family have moved away from the town, but their lives have been 'destroyed', he said.

The young woman, who is guaranteed life-long anonymity as a victim of a sex crime, was raped from the age of 13 and 'shared' amongst a gang of paedophiles along with other girl victims.

But police, social services and prosecutors dismissed their allegations at first - allowing the abuse to continue - until the case was revisited and the gang of nine paedophiles was jailed in 2012.

The general after watching programme that it's all 'Jim', father girl The authorities apologised, but earlier this year the BBC broadcast Three Girls, which dramatised how the young victims had been let down. The scandal was revisited in documentary The Betrayed Girls.

At the end of the final Three Girls episode, Holly's father Jim - played by Paul Kaye - is seen smiling as he plays with his granddaughter, as his daughter watches in a park.

Social services took Holly's child from her but the youngster was later returned to her.

The real Jim, who also cannot be identified by virtue of his daughter's legal anonymity, said: "The general public after watching that programme would think that it's all over for us.

"In the closing scenes we're all sitting in the park together and we are playing and everything seems fine. That's not the case. This has destroyed people's lives.

"It's ruined my life. And obviously it's affected my daughter far more. It's destroyed her life.

"She cannot form relationships with people any more. People need to know the ripple effect of a crime like this.

"What happened doesn't just stop at the end of the drama. It's still affecting us. My health has been ruined because of this.

"We had to move out of Rochdale in the end because there were just too many memories. …

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