CSE victim (13) tells how she has been blamed for abuse

CSE victim (13) tells how she has been blamed for abuse

By Adele Forrest | 14/12/2020

CSE victim (13) tells how she has been blamed for abuse
Convicted Kamir Ifzal Khan

 

A 13-YEAR-old girl told how she was driven out of her home and blamed for the sex abuse she suffered at the hands of a 31-year-old man.

The schoolgirl was groomed by Kamir Ifzal Khan — recently jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting four child sexual exploitation offences.

The girl, then 12, told Khan she would not tell anyone about their relationship because she knew that within their culture she would be blamed.

When Khan’s offending was uncovered by the victim’s mother, she reported it, despite feeling it would bring a great deal of upset and shame on her family.

The girl said: “I’ve had to cope with this case for the last year of my life and it’s really affected me.

“My schooling has suffered and my grades have dropped.”

She added: “I’ve had to endure bullying from [Khan’s] family, saying this is my fault because I am the girl. I have been called names.”

The case divided the victim’s family and community, who attached blame to her, and they had been driven out of their home, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

She said: “We had to find a new home. We had seven days to do this.”

Khan’s family had tried to get her mother in trouble at work, she said, creating false allegations.

“We have lost many friends,” the girl added. “My grandparents do not see that I was just 11 and 12, and he was a man.”

Khan bombarded the girl with thousands of messages, first contacting her via Snapchat in August 2018 when she was 11 and then via WhatsApp and texts.

After asking about school and wishing her a happy 12th birthday, his messages turned explicit.

He sent naked images of himself and asked the girl to do the same, but she refused.

Khan, formerly of Eldon Road in Eastwood, and St Ann’s, told his victim he loved her and wanted to marry her.

The girl received lessons at school which made her realise the seriousness of what was happening.

She told Khan he was risking his life and could go to prison but he said it was “worth the risk”, which she took as proof he loved her.

Khan sexually assaulted the girl twice, once at Meadowhall and another time with his family — including young children — in a nearby room.

The victim said she had initially been “a little scared” at the idea of him becoming her boyfriend but after meeting him he seemed “so nice”.

Khan reassured her he didn’t just want her for sex but “got edgy”, telling her she wasn’t giving “100 per cent”.

In his messages, Khan told her to enhance her figure by “doing squats”, that he was a “horny guy” and they could “chill naked” when they “had their own home”.

He told the schoolgirl “plenty of 12-year-olds were s******g about”.

Police also uncovered a picture of the defendant with the girl in his car.

The victim’s mother, who moved out with her daughter, said despite knowing that reporting Khan would bring shame on her family, her concerns and safeguarding were more important.

The abuse affected her daughter’s mental health, she said, and she now often locked herself in her room and cried.

The girl said in her victim impact statement that she had received counselling at school but this had stopped due to the pandemic.

Investigating officer Rachel Scott described Khan as a “danger to children” — adding: “I want to take this opportunity to remind young people to consider their safety online and never give out personal details or share intimate pictures.”




Spotted something we should know about?

Call our Newsdesk on 01709 803562
Or email newsdesk@rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk
Message us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamAdvertiser/