Victim’s anger as abuser strikes again

Robert Collier
Robert Collier

A WOMAN, who was sexually assaulted 20 years ago, has said she didn’t report it at the time because she feared no one would believe her.

But when the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, heard that her attacker had been accused of another sexual assault, this time on an 11-year-old girl, she decided it was time to speak to the police.

Robert Collier, of Edale Close, Atherton, was jailed for seven years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of four sex assaults after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

The victim, now 35, said: “I used to go to his house all the time and on that night I had been babysitting there.

“When he came home from work, he pinned me up against the kitchen door and abused me.

“My dad always used to say if ‘anyone ever touches you, I will kill them’ which was one reason I was scared to tell anyone. I thought no one would believe me and I still think they wouldn’t have because we were all kids at the time.

“It is different now everyone is adults.”

And she is troubled that is she had reported it at the time, he may not have re-offended.

She told the Evening Post: “When I heard that he had assaulted an 11-year-old I thought maybe if I had reported it he wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

The victim came forward after 59-year-old Collier was reported to police over three sexual assaults on an 11-year-old in a caravan in Blackpool.

The young girl’s parents had noticed a change in her personality but they put it down to her age until a trip to see the Blackpool illuminations was mentioned and she told them what had happened and they alerted the police.

“I feel relieved he is behind bars but I think there are more victims out there,” she said.

“And I don’t think it will just be children, I think there will be woman as well.

“I wish I had come forward 20 years ago.

“I feel guilty that about what happened to the other victim but if I had come forward I feel like everyone would have stuck together and made me out to be a liar.

“I feel like I have got justice, I just think there is more and I would urge others to come forward and report it if they have been assaulted by him too.”

Collier, a joiner, still maintains his innocence but was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.