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Parents of sexual abuse victim speak out about the importance of reporting offences

A father and mother, whose daughter was sexually assaulted, have shared their family’s experience in the hope that it will help others who may sadly have to report such a crime to the police.

David and Katie, whose names have been changed to protect their daughter’s identity, wanted to share their family’s experiences of the investigation.

On 15 February 2021, Simon Honour, aged 55, from the Thames Valley, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.

He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and placed under a sexual harm prevention order and on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The offences happened over a period of time in the last five years.

Often the investigation of such crimes can be extremely challenging for victims and their families and we know how difficult it can be for victims to come forward and report.

Detective Constable Rosie Everitt, is a Child Abuse Investigator.

In the video below DC Everitt explains some of the processes that can happen when a case is investigated.

Thames Valley Police is committed to investigating child sexual abuse and we would encourage children, or their parents or carers to please report so that we can help support victims, safeguard them and carry out an investigation.

Time should be no barrier to reporting and we will always look to investigate.

If you are a victim of child abuse, or worried for the safety or wellbeing of a child we would encourage you to please report it. If you or the person you are reporting about is in immediate danger please call 999 now.

If it isn’t an emergency you can report to 101 or you can report online through our website.

Our website has further information on how to report child abuse. There is further information on our website on how to access support from other organisations.