Child sex abuse victim tells of ‘horrific’ dealings with Gloucestershire police

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A woman who says she was one of four victims of an alleged child sex abuser from Gloucestershire says changes must be made to the way such matters are dealt with.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, claimed to have been abused between the age of six and ten by late Tewkesbury man James Guthrie.

She reported the matter to Gloucestershire police but it never charged him in relation to the alleged offences. She says this was because of its poor handling of the case and not because her claim was untrue.

A woman who says she was one of four victims of an alleged child sex abuser from Gloucestershire says changes must be made to the way such matters are dealt with.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, claimed to have been abused between the age of six and ten by late Tewkesbury man James Guthrie.

She reported the matter to Gloucestershire police but it never charged him in relation to the alleged offences. She says this was because of its poor handling of the case and not because her claim was untrue.

The woman has complained about the way it handled the situation to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and it is now investigating.

While the woman described her dealings with the police as “horrific”, she does not want that to stop child sex abuse victims – such as those involved in the football coaching scandal – coming forward.

But she wants measures to be put in place, by organisations such as the police that deal with the complaints, to make it easier for the victims.

She said: “What meets you on the other side is absolutely appalling. If they encourage people to come forward, they need to have things in place.

“The process for me has been horrific.”

She said it been tough enough to come forward as an adult and report the abuse she suffered as a child but then to have problems dealing with the police made it even harder.

 

Calling for the police to have officers trained to deal with such cases and support mechanisms for the victims, she added: “People should come forward but organisations need these things in place.

“Let’s acknowledge the problem and do it better so what meets victims on the other side is what they deserve.”

Former soldier Guthrie died from a deep vein thrombosis in August 2012, aged 52.

In response to Gloucestershire Live’s request for a comment about his alleged victim’s complaint, an IPCC spokeswoman said: “We have been investigating the actions of three Gloucestershire Constabulary officers. Two of those officers, one of whom since retired, were being investigated in relation to their handling of a complaint received by the force.

“A third officer, also since retired, was being investigated for alleged dishonesty in relation to that complaint. The investigation report is in the process of being finalised.”

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to comment when the IPCC investigation is on going.”

Source http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/alleged-child-sex-abuse-victim-tells-of-8216-horrific-8217-dealings-with-gloucestershire-police/story-29952976-detail/story.html#iss26VmdWuuJIeJD.99

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