WOMAN TELLS OF ABUSE BY BROTHER
Rosemarie bravely waives right to anonymity
A woman has waved her right to anonymity to speak out about how she suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her own brother.
‘Evil beast’ John Wass, 69, of Emmet Field Close, Chesterfield, was found guilty of 17 counts, including rape, sexual assault and sexual exposure against three victims – including his own sister – dating back to the 1960s. He has been jailed for life.
Rosemarie Smith, 59, who lives in Peterborough has waived her right to anonymity and said: “I will never forgive him for taking away my life and destroying me as a child.”
Rosemarie suffered horrific sexual and physical abuse from Wass when she was aged four. She was taken into care with her siblings after their parents split up and abandoned them. And even on the night she was taken into care, aged nine, Wass abused her.
Rosmarie said Wass would ‘haunt’ her and would track her down wherever she went. She said she suffered a physical breakdown which lasted 10 years. Rosemarie also published two books about her abuse before Wass was arrested and sentenced and is now working on her third book.
“None of my family would come forward as witnesses because everyone was scared of him,” Rosemarie said.
“He was a big man of our family. He was a beast, evil.”
She also said she was contacted by some of her family members who questioned why she would give evidence against her own brother.
“At first I felt guilty – but I have had a life sentence. But they cannot see it,” Rosemarie said.
The case went to court after another victim of Wass’ terror reported him.