Mum of 12-year-old rape victim warns parents of internet risks

  1. ITV REPORT
  2. 3 May 2017 at 8:26am

Mum of 12-year-old rape victim warns parents of internet risks

The mum of a girl who was raped when she was 12-years-old is warning parents about the dangers of the internet.

It comes after Jordan Richards was jailed for two years for rape and sexual activity with a child in February.

Richards, formerly of Walton Street in Long Eaton, befriended two young girls on Facebook in 2013 and arranged to meet up with them after months of messaging.

He pleaded guilty to rape and not guilty to the other charge of sexual activity with a child but was convicted by a jury following a trial.

The mother of the girl who was raped now wants to raise awareness of what happened to her daughter.

I didn’t have any suspicions that my girl was up to anything out of the ordinary online.

She would chat to boys but everything seemed quite child-like and innocent, she didn’t seem secretive about it at all.

– MOTHER

During the trial, the court heard how Richards – now aged 21 – had claimed that he thought the 13-year-old girl was older but the messages read out showed that he was aware of her true age.

The mother of the 12-year-old said when she found out the extent of what had happened to her daughter she was ‘disgusted’.

To think that he had taken our innocent little girl, taken advantage of her naivety and age with the messages he sent then arranged to meet up and raped her is absolutely disgusting.

She was obviously going to look up to him because he was an older boy, she didn’t know what he had in mind, he should have known better.

– MOTHER

She is now warning parents and is encouraging them to talk to their children about what they’re up to on the internet.

We knew something was seriously wrong because our girl’s behaviour suddenly deteriorated, but by that point it was too late.

We can’t prevent our children from going online in this age but we’ve got to encourage them to speak to us and come to us if they do receive something out of the ordinary.

I think most of the time they feel embarrassed to talk to their parents about this sort of thing but they shouldn’t because it’s not them who’s done anything wrong.

Also, from an early age, I’ve been explaining to my sons about what they should and shouldn’t do on social media, pointing out where messages become inappropriate and explaining that girls can look a lot older than they are sometimes, which I think is important.

– MOTHER

Richards will now have to sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that limits his internet activity and contact with girls under the age of 16.

Last updated Wed 3 May 2017
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