Woman awarded over $250,000 after social workers did not stop her father from impregnating herBy Mason White 3:14 PM September 16, 2014
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By: Stacy Max
A woman will finally get a bit of justice after social workers refused her pleas for help.
25-year-old Sarah Smith, was awarded £160,000 (about $258,000) compensation from the Bradford City Council in the United Kingdom, for their role in the abuse she suffered as a child.
Social services staff admitted to violation of duty for not protecting the child from her father by not taking her out of her family home despite knowing about the abuse.
Smith was raped by her father from the age of 10. The man impregnated his daughter twice, one time she had an abortion and the second time she gave birth to her now eight-year-old son.
Social workers repeatedly failed to keep Sarah from the clutches of her abusive father.
“I love my son, but it’s so difficult to bond with him appropriately because every time I look at him I see my dad, and I am reminded of the abuse,” Smith said.
“I just wish he had a different father,” she added.
Smith was violated by her father while her mother was at work. Smith was removed from her home at one point, but was placed with a neighbor close to the family home, and she was verbally and emotionally abused by her father.
During her teenage years, Smith took the courage and spoke to police about the abuse. Her father was arrested and charged with rape. However, he was later found not guilty due to lack of evidence.
The girl was returned to her family. Her father forced her to tell everyone that she lied and made up a story, and she had no choice but to do as he said.
The girl began to harm herself and was heartbroken that all her efforts to have her father stop the abuse had been in vain.
After she was returned to her father’s care the abuse continued and Smith became pregnant. Her mother told social workers that another man was the baby’s father.
However, a DNA test proved that her father was also the father of her son.