Nobody believed me when I told a court my grandad abused abused me when I was 8 | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: NOBODY believed me when I told a court my grandad abused me.

I was 13 then and I confided in my mum.


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She didn’t hesitate in taking my accusations to the police.

I’m 28 now. My grandad is 71 and he used to climb into my bed when we all lived together.

I was around eight and the abuse continued until I started my period.

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Grandad went to court but they found him not guilty.

I don’t know whether I can find out the details of my grandad’s court case, to have a better understanding of why I wasn’t taken seriously.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m sorry you weren’t able to get the justice you deserved after being abused by your grandad.

The lack of conviction is likely to be due to lack of evidence, rather than not being believed.

You can still get support to help you live with this damaging experience.

Before you research your case, please contact the NSPCC (nspcc.org.uk, 0808 800 5000) which supports victims of historical child abuse.

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Court records go back for hundreds of years so you should be able to find the details of your case.

You can make a start at the nationalarchives.gov.uk.

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