Lawyer, 30, abused by stepdad who acquired her pregnant aged 14 sues faculty for failing to ‘preserve her secure’
A WOMAN whose rapist stepfather made her pregnant aged 14 is suing her former faculty over claims it failed to identify indicators of the abuse.
Truck-driver Robert Stuart McClelland raped Kim Fawcett recurrently for greater than a 12 months earlier than he was jailed for six years in 2004.
Human rights lawyer Ms Fawcett, 30, stated Ellesmere School in Shropshire didn’t “preserve me secure” and plans to take it to the Excessive Court docket.
However the school stated a overview discovered “nothing to help her declare”.
Ms Fawcett, who now lives in Bristol, has waived her proper to anonymity.
McClelland first raped her when she was 13.
He plied the susceptible teen with a bottle of Smirnoff earlier than attacking her.
He then engraved the bottle with the date and saved it as a sick trophy.
Kim discovered herself being recurrently raped and abused by McClelland
Ms Fawcett claims that her faculty had “specific information” of sexual textual content messages she obtained from her stepfather, and likewise knew concerning the self-harming she carried out in consequence.
She stated: “None of those considerations had been reported to social providers.
“Had the faculty reported McClelland to social providers, the abuse would have stopped in June 2002 as an alternative of June 2003.”
In that 12 months, Ms Fawcett, aged 14, was raped, contracted a sexually-transmitted an infection and have become pregnant by McClelland who later advised her to have an abortion.
Ms Fawcett started authorized proceedings after a breakdown final 12 months.
She stated: “It made me actually begin to marvel the place all of the adults had been in my life.
“I’ve gone from blaming myself to turning that anger outwards on to folks I really feel ought to have helped me.
“I actually did deserve higher. I’m completely livid for the little lady that I used to be.”
She initially wrote to the varsity in 2017 informally outlining her claims, however in mild of its rejection of her allegations the case has been placed on a proper authorized footing.
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The school’s head grasp, Brendan Wignall, stated: “The varsity is appalled by the abuse, however was utterly unaware of what had been occurring to her.
“We’re very sorry she feels the varsity let her down.
“However we will genuinely discover nothing to help her declare, and subsequently haven’t any possibility however to withstand it.”
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