A THREE TOWNS mother whose daughter lives in fear of bumping into a man convicted of sexually abusing her is to campaign for a change in the law to prevent sex offenders being allowed to live close to their victims.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says her 12-year-old daughter went from being a ‘bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl’ to ‘not wanting to live’ following her ordeal.
Last year, the youngster was pestered for six months by pervert David Young of Ardoch Crescent,Stevenston who would approach her in the street and ask her to give him her tights.
He was eventually convicted of harassing her and two other under-age girls and given 200 hours community service and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
But to the mum’s horror, he continues to live just one street away and now the youngster cowers in her bedroom instead of playing in the street – constantly worried she will encounter the depraved sex pest.
Through tears, the woman said: “My daughter went from being a happy-go-lucky outgoing young girl to being someone who comes in from school, goes for a bath, puts her jammies on and sits in the house.
“She gets angry and starts hitting herself and telling me she wants to die.
“It’s so hard to watch.
“During the six months the abuse was happening I saw a change in her. I knew something wasn’t right and I would ask her about it every single night.
“I was convinced there was something seriously wrong with her.
“She was chalk white and wasn’t eating. She wouldn’t go outside, she was so lethargic and just had no oomph.
“From being a bubbly girl that would sing, dance, was very flamboyant and showy, she turned into a wee thing that just sits there.”
Eventually the girl told her mother about the sex pest and they went to the police.
However, with David Young receiving just a non-custodial sentence he returned to the street just a few yards from his victim.
On one occasion, the girl allegedly had to hide in a neighbour’s garden when she spotted her abuser walking towards her.
She has even stopped playing in her garden as she can hear the man’s voice over the fence.
The story is especially painful for the mum as she herself was a victim of childhood sex abuse at the hands of her father.
She endured his perverted behaviour between the ages of four and eleven and it wasn’t until years later she discovered she and other family members had been holding on to a terrible family secret