Woman back in relationship with pedophile who abused her daughterBy Mason White 6:18 PM August 5, 2013
|Emma Rowley with her mother Julie Cockersole|
By: Debbi Gross
A woman suffered the ultimate betrayal after her mother chose to stand by the man, who raped her as a child.
Emma Rowley suffered a lot as a young child, when she was sexually abused by her father.
Rowley, who is now 26, said that she had a difficult childhood. “There was lots of fighting and aggression in our house,” she said. She was afraid of her father but loved her mother. “I always wanted to protect my mother because I didn’t like the way my father treated her. Then, when I was 10-years-old, he began sexual abusing me,” she said.
Her father, Anthony Rowley, 48, was ordered to go to a rehabilitation center for sex offenders. Sadly, the treatment did not change him. He was a repeat offender. He sexually abused another child as well. For that incident, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison.
When he was released from prison, Emma’s mother, Julie Cockersole, took her former husband back. Rowley and Cockersole have two children together, Emma and a son.
Emma was devastated when she learned that her mother took her father back. At first, they rekindled their relationship in secret for 18 months before people found out about the relationship.
“My mother was the only person I trusted to help me get my life back together after my father sexually abused me,” Emma said. Now, she feels betrayed by the one person she trusted, her mother.
Incredibly, Cockersole shamelessly defended the relationship with the convicted pedophile. Cockersole said: “People are going to be angry with me for what I’ve done, but they do not understand that he’s a good man and I love him. I’ve loved him all my life, you cannot make it disappear.”
But Emma is brokenhearted and she wants nothing to do with her mother. “As far as I’m concerned, my mom is as bad as him. He abused me and ruined my life. By taking him back, she made him think that’s fine. I’ve never felt so betrayed,” Emma said.
“She put her feelings for a convicted pedophile over the feelings for her own daughter. What kind of mother does that?” Emma added.
Cockersole confessed that despite the terrible crimes of her former husband she has never stopped loving him. The last thing she wanted was to be forced to choose between the serial pedophile and her only daughter, Emma. “However, a lot of time has passed and time heals. I want to put the past where it belongs and move forward,” Cockersole said.