A message of hope for the survivors of abuse

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Our legal system is one of the best in the world, but the confrontational nature of the process - where lawyers try to pull to pieces the different versions of events - often rips apart the innocent too.

Rape is one of the most appalling crimes imaginable and the rape of a child is the very definition of monstrous.

Terence John Beebe has been jailed for 17 years after he was found guilty  five rape counts against a girl when she was aged between 12 and 15.

Terence John Beebe has been jailed for 17 years after he was found guilty five rape counts against a girl when she was aged between 12 and 15.

But where attackers are too cowardly to admit what they’ve done, trials force victims to relive their ordeals in terrible detail - often while their own character is put under the microscope.

The story of a brave Chesterfield woman, who she feels vindicated after the sick pervert who repeatedly raped her when she was a schoolgirl was jailed for 17 years, shows that the system does work and that justice is done..

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Perhaps almost as important as the fact a vile rapist is now starting a 17-year prison sentence is the message of hope it sends to other people who have suffered sexual abuse.

The brave woman that told her story to get this man locked up had nothing but praise for the police and the justice system that dealt with her case.

And we join her in encouraging others to dig deep, come forward and put their abusers where they belong - behind bars, where they can’t hurt anyone else.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you can find out more information about help and how to report the incident here