Memories of sex attacks came flooding back
A SEX attack victim abused by paedophile teacher Grahame Brennand said she buried the memories of the abuse she suffered but that it came flooding back in later life.
She says in 2013 she reported Brennand to police but it wasn’t until 2016 when more girls came forward that finally he was caught.
She added: “It really hit me what I had been through. I felt sick and dirty as if I had let him do it. But really there was nothing I could have done back then. But every time I relive what happened it makes me upset and I cry because it takes me back to being a little girl when he was doing those things to me.
“This has overshadowed my whole life. There is not a day in the last twenty years when I haven’t thought about what he did to me. It’s sickening.”
She added: “I have never felt so relived as finally I was being believed. I was angry [I] had to wait for the others to come forward before [police] took any real action.
“But at least now he can’t hurt anyone anymore and now him being jailed has given me some from of closure. As I know he is not out there and other girls are safe. They should throw away the key as the pervert has shown no remorse. He was just arrogant and seemed to enjoy us giving evidence but now I hope he rots in there.”
But it was not until this week that Brennand finally faced justice at Preston Crown Court having previously been found guilty of a number of offences in an earlier trial.
Brennand was previously found guilty on 17 counts of indecent assault at the Baxenden school during an earlier trial at Preston Crown Court in January.
Since the conclusion of that trial he has been remanded in custody.
He will be sentenced on October 12 and faces a long jail term. The victim who spoke to us added: “Now I hope that this case helps other people who have been abused to come forward and tell what happened to them.”
She now is planning legal action with the help of child abuse specialist lawyer Peter Garsden of Simpson Millar Solicitors. He said: “This teacher seems to have ruled by fear and abused with impunity for over. The amount of ex pupils who gave evidence against him shows how prolific an offender he actually was.
“Many of his victims are now with families of their own and have been living with this guilty secret all their lives.
“But now that there has finally been justice in court they can start planning their future with some closure.
“We can help victims get the specialist care and advice they need to cope with the abuse long term.
“I would urge any more victims out there to come forward and seek legal help to try and help them come to terms with their abuse at the hands of this cruel individual.”
A Lancashire County Council spokesperson said: “Any claims received by the county council would be dealt with appropriately.”