[social-work] CRIME AND CRIMINALS: CHILD ABUSE, RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, TORTURE : COUNTRIES: AUSTRALIA : LAW CASE DECISIONS : HATE CRIMES: ‘I Own You’: Australian Parents Sentenced after Abusing Daughter for 15 Years

 

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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: CHILD ABUSE, RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, TORTURE :

COUNTRIES: AUSTRALIA :

LAW CASE DECISIONS :

HATE CRIMES:

‘I Own You’: Australian Parents Sentenced
after Abusing Daughter for 15 Years

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By Lindsey Bever

October 29, 2016

Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/29/
i-own-you-australian-parents-sentenced- after-abusing-daughter-for-15-years/

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The first time it happened, she said, she was 5 years old.

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Her mother was in the hospital  having just given birth to the girl’s newest sibling  when her father slipped into her bedroom and raped her, starting a 15-year cycle of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Her father tied her up and locked her in an old chicken coop  or sometimes a small storage box  for days at a time, and surrounded her with barbed wire to keep her from attempting an escape.

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He held her underwater and threatened her with a chain saw, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He made her stand on ant hills, swallow hot chilies and eat her own vomit, the Herald reported.

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And her mother stood by and let it happen, the court said.

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Now 24, the victim told the Downing Center District Court in Sydney last month that her parents kept her in a living hell.

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My father inflicted evil, she said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He abused me in such ways that I thought I was going to die. My mother didn’t stop him and did not protect me. My childhood was lost and I can never get it back.

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The woman’s 59-year-old father, who was convicted in June of 73 offenses, was sentenced to 48 years in prison; her 51-year-old mother, who was convicted of 13 offenses, was sentenced to 16 years behind bars, according to the Associated Press.

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Their names were not released for legal reasons.

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Judge Sarah Huggett said the couple, who had backgrounds in teaching and coaching elite sports, hoodwinked their community  appearing as dedicated parents, training their children for competitions both in Australia and abroad, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The father would threaten his daughter, telling her if she did not win, she would be taken to the shed, the newspaper reported, citing court documents.

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He deliberately conditioned his daughter using physical, emotional and psychological means to the point she would have come to expect he would abuse her as and when he wished, Huggett said, according to the newspaper.

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From an early age she thought the conduct of the sort she was experiencing at the hands of her father was normal.”

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But, Huggett added, the mother abused her role in the greatest way, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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The judge told the court that when the victim was 8, her mother instructed her on how to sexually please her father.

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The mother told the victim it is better to make noises during sexual intercourse, with her mother saying, ‘It would make it better for you and Dad,’ ” Huggett said in court, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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‘Worst of the worst’: Father’s years of abuse against athlete daughter revealed

Nick Ralston

Sydney Morning Herald

JULY 30 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/worst-of-the-worst-fathers-
years-of-abuse-against-athlete-daughter-revealed-20160729-gqh28x.html

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From the outside they appeared to be two parents dedicated to doing everything they could to help their children achieve their Olympic dreams.

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Mum and dad sacrificing their careers and even basing where they lived so their children could train and compete all over Australia and the world.

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Dad, a former competitive sportsman himself, had quit his prestigious job to be their coach.

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But while people took note of the family’s successes what somehow went undetected for 14 years was the constant, sickening sexual, physical and pyschological abuse of their own daughter.

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She was locked in a shed, spent nights trapped inside a tiny box, was raped, molested and mutilated, hit and threatened that she would be killed.

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Her abuser was her father who was at times aided and assisted by her mother.

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The horrific crimes against this girl have been detailed for the first time in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court where her father and mother have stood trial.

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Those who sat in on the 12-week trial have described it as the worst case of child abuse they have heard. Much of the detail is too distressing to publish.

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During the summer holidays that year the sexual and physical abuse took place in an old shed at the family home.

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It was in this old chicken coop where he carried out much of his sickening abuse over more than a decade.

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He would tie up the girl’s hands and leave her inside the shed for up to three nights at time. She would have to sleep on the concrete floor, was not fed, and would miss school.

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The father would detain her by surrounding her with barbed wire and when she got older he would lock her in a tiny box that the family usually kept their sporting gear inside.

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As he sexually and physically abused her would tell her “all I’ve ever wanted is to be a good father” and “I can do what I want to you. I own you”.

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When her siblings would ask their father where she was, he would tell them she was staying at a friend’s house.

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The abuse would happen at any time of the day or night.

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One of the attacks happened, he said, because she had spilt something on her new school uniform and needed to be punished.

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At least two of the offences occurred on Christmas Day.

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At the age of 16, the girl began having suicidal thoughts and at 17 years made attempts at taking her own life.

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During one interstate training camp she told one of the trainers her father was touching her inappropriately.

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Her mother took her to a mental health clinic where she remained for a number of months.

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But when the girl was released she was prevented from talking any more to her counsellors or taking her medication.

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She sneaked back to the clinic and was readmitted and when discharged six months later, aged 18, she did not return home.

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Missing her siblings, she made contact with them and arranged to catch up but when she arrived at the meeting her father was there.

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He dragged her into his car, hit her and said. “How dare you tell people, you’re a liar. I’ve only ever tried to be a good dad.”

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The father then raped her in the car and only let her go when she promised to come home.

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She instead was taken back to the mental health clinic where she was readmitted and police were called.

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Sentencing of NSW parents reveals details of rape and torture of daughter over 15-year period

By David Spicer

Updated Thu at 3:43am

ABC News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-27/
sentencing-nsw-parents-exposes-details-of-rape-and-torture/7971666

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Both the man and woman pleaded not guilty but were convicted by a jury earlier this year.

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At a sentencing hearing today, Judge Sarah Huggett indicated many of the offences were categorised as extremely serious.

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She will hand down their sentences tomorrow.

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Barbed wire and chainsaw used in assaults

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During the hearing Judge Huggett listed the range of implements the parents used during the assaults.

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The district court heard the man used a range of implements to torture his daughter during sex sessions that sometimes took place in a shed on his rural property.

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Judge Huggett described how the man “took tangled barbed wire with loops on the end and nailed it around her”, “locked her in a box overnight”, “held a chainsaw to her neck”, “held her head under water” and “put her on an ants nest”.

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The court heard that the man fashioned a number of crude implements to penetrate and cut his daughter.

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Judge Huggett said the girl was often in “excruciating pain” and once a wrote out a desperate message “in her own blood”.

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The judge said the offences took place while the daughter was training at elite sporting events around Australia.

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“If she did not perform a personal best [she] would be taken to the shed when they got home,” she said.

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The sexual assaults went unchecked for 15 years and sometimes took place on special occasions such as Christmas and Father’s Day.

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Mother complicit in assaults

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The court heard the girl’s mother gave her instructions about how best to please her husband.

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“The mother told the victim it is better to make noises during sexual intercourse, with her father saying ‘It would make it better for you and Dad’,” Judge Huggett said.

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The rapes continued during the girl’s teenage years.

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Once, when he suspected she was pregnant, the father made her drop medicine balls on her stomach as a training exercise.

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The court heard that the father threatened to kill the girl on many occasions.

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According to the evidence, he told her “If you tell anyone what happens here I will kill you. It is no-one’s business. I own you.”

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