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Brave woman confronts rapist brother who sexually abused her for years from the age of 7 in their family home

A WOMAN bravely confronted her rapist brother who sexually abused her for years from the age of seven.

In new documentary ‘My Family Secret’, Kath comes face to face with her oldest brother, Robert, who subjected her to four years of sexual abuse when they were both children.

Robert, then aged 10, started raping his younger sister in their family home.

He would creep into her bedroom and abuse her three times a week – a secret she held for nearly three decades for fear of ripping their family apart.

Now 32 and with a child of her own, Kath has now confronted her sibling over his evil acts.

'I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD'

In tense scenes Kath – witnessed by mum Andrea – screams at her brother, telling him: “What you did was rape. I was seven years old, no one deserves that, let alone your sister. There’s so much hatred for you, you make me so angry.

“You were meant to be my older brother, my protector, you took everything away from me and I think it’s important you take responsibility.”

Kath reported her brother to the police in 2017 – but charges couldn’t be brought because at that time, law stated in most cases a child under 14 was said to be incapable of committing a crime – a rule abolished after the James Bulger case.

In 1993, Jon Venables, 10, and Robert Thompson, 10 abducted and murdered two-year-old James.

But in a first at the time, they were named, shamed and jailed for their actions – with the case symbolising a turning point in the history of youth justice.

VICTIM'S AGONY

The showdown demonstrates the practice of Restorative Justice in action – which allows victims to meet with their perpetrators, face-to-face, and explain the impact the crimes had on them.

Filmed earlier this year, the documentary sees Robert finally admit top the horrific catalogue of abuse, saying: “It was all selfish desires. There was euphoria that went along with it, I enjoyed that.

“I suppose I just want you to understand that I am a better person and for the rest of my days I’ll try to be a better person than the person you know and remember. I hope that one day you can find some peace, that’s all I want. I’m sorry.”

The programme also focuses on the impact the abuse has had on the entire family, with their parents splitting after 40 years of marriage and Kath’s youngest brother Graeme cutting off all ties with his brother.

In a statement explaining the decision to air the harrowing showdown, Channel 4 said: “This unflinching documentary tackles one of the hardest subjects to put on television – intrafamilial rape.

“Kath and her family have been extremely courageous to break the taboo and the silence around this issue.

“C4 documentaries are all about not shying away from these important stories, however difficult and painful they are to tell, and filmmaker Anna Hall has approached the subject with great thoughtfulness and sensitivity.”

My Family Secret is on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.

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