Man who raped 15-year-old went on to attack two children
A teenage rape victim has waved her anonymity to condemn the man who attacked her and the prosecutors who failed to jail him.
Chloe O’Neill was 15 when she says a friend’s father forced her to have sex with him.
She told police, but prosecutors decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.
But her abuser, Stephen Whitworth, later admitted the attack on Chloe – after being jailed for seven-and-a-half years for sexually attacking two young children.
Now aged 17, O’Neill has waived her right to anonymity to condemn Whitworth, 41, and demand to know why he wasn’t brought to justice sooner.
‘If they had believed me at the time, he would have been locked up and those two children wouldn’t have been hurt by him,’ she told the Daily Mail.
‘I’ve been through two years of hell because of what he did to me and it’s awful that they are now going to have to go through it as well.’
O’Neill, who has attempted suicide twice after being taunted in the street and called a liar, is planning legal action against prosecutors for her years of trauma.
She said: ‘It was hell – everyone thought I was making it all up.’