Helen Rees’ shocking story appears in TAKE A BREAK magazine…
Helen Rees had always told her daughter, Sarah, her dad was a local boy. But now Sarah had accidentally found out the terrible truth of who her dad really was…
Helen came to Featureworld to tell how she’d kept a terrible secret for almost 20 years – when she was just 15 she was raped by her father and had a baby girl.
Even when she gave birth to daughter Sarah, Helen told midwives she’d got pregnant by a local boy her own age. She was too terrified of her father, who since her mother died, ruled the household with a rod of iron, to tell anyone of the horrors that went on at home.
However, shortly after baby Sarah was born, her father began abusing her again and finally she plucked up the courage to phone the police.
Her dad was arrested, deemed to unfit to face trial and sent to a psychiatric hospital.
By then Helen had met a wonderful man Andrew. She told him the truth of Sarah’s birth but he took both of them on.
As Sarah grew older Helen always told her that her dad was a local boy. Meanwhile over the next decade Helen took social services to court. As a child she had often been sent to school with bruises and believed social services should have done more to ensure her welfare. She successfully sued for substantial compensation.
She also made the decision never to tell Sarah about what had happened.
However, one day she came home to find her daughter had accidentally stumbled on some paperwork relating to the case.
Helen had to tell her the truth and she was of course horrified.
Over the next few years, shocked by the discovery and disgusted her mum had not been honest about it years ago, Sarah went off the rails drinking and mixing with the wrong crowd. She even moved far away from her mother, who was devastated.
Nevertheless on Mother’s Day this year Helen received a wonderful card which said ‘to the best mum in the world’.
The pair have now rekindled their relationship. Sarah understands why her mother kept such a traumatic secret from her and today they are closer than ever.
All names were changed in this story and all photos posed by models. To identify Helen would have identified Sarah and Sarah did not want other people to know this information about her background. Helen also has a new life and in fact friends who know Helen have no idea what went on.
In this case – where a story is run anonymously – the same checks are made on a person’s story (Helen had to produce all the documents proving compensation from social services and her father’s trial) and the piece is also read back to them to ensure they are completely happy with it.
Helen says: “I found it very therapeutic getting my story out there. It was good to have it written down so Sarah can also read it for herself.”
Following the publication of Helen’s story in Take a Break, I arranged for her to go on ITV This Morning and you can see how Helen got on here.
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