Mem­o­ries of sex at­tacks came flood­ing back

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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.”

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