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Victim of sexual abuse says authorities didn't listen

A young woman who was sexually abused from the age of eight says she wasn't listened to when she reported the abuse to the authorities.

Rita and Robert Oldham were jailed last month for sexual offences against three girls over a 13 year period. Rita Oldham was sentenced to six years – her husband Robert, to 20 years in prison. The judge said they were responsible for 'a catalogue of depravity'. The Nottinghamshire police officer handling their case said they were 'cold, selfish, and utterly lacking in remorse'

The victim, who can't be named for legal reasons, wants her case to be reexamined. She says she told social workers, a teacher and police what was happening, but nothing was done. In 2002 she gave a statement to police and had a medical examination, which confirmed that she had been sexually abused.

She says: "They made me feel like I was lying. They knew something was happening, all the signs were there, but they chose to ignore it."

Tomorrow the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Panel will meet to decide whether the handling of her allegations merits a serious case review.