A brave victim of Canon Rideout has waived her right to anonymity today and spoken out of the abuse she received whilst living in a military base in Middle Wallop.
On the BBC News today the victim discussed how she had gone to Canon Rideout’s office during choir practice and he asked her to sit on his lap to read the lesson. The abuse took place whilst the victim was sat on Canon Rideout’s lap. The victim discussed her disappointment in the church stating it used to be somewhere that you felt safe and secure. The victim explained that she now finds it difficult to trust anyone.
We understand the difficulties victims have in speaking out and commend this victim’s bravery in doing so. We hope this will give other victims of abuse the confidence to come forward and report their allegations to the police. Our specialist team of Child Abuse Solicitors at Slater and Gordon currently already act for a victim who was assaulted by Canon Rideout. We attended part of the trial at Lewes Crown Court which resulted in his conviction and have a deep understanding of the issues in the case.
If you would like to discuss this case or have been the victim of abuse and would like to speak to a member of our specialist abuse team we are more than happy to speak to you free of charge. Please contact a member of our team on 020 7657 1658/1653/1502. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Read the full story reported on the BBC News website entitled 'Victim of priest's sex abuse speaks out'
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