A couple have been jailed for forcing their son to join them having sex out of an irrational fear of him 'turning out gay'. The parents have not been named to protect the identity of their son, but its understood that they forced him to stand by and watch them in bed together and even made him take part in various acts. His father told police the abuse was because he wanted to keep his son ‘on the straight and narrow’ as they were worried he might by gay. Over the course of several years during the mid-1990s, the couple would perform sexual acts on the child involving oral sex and touching his genitals, and forcing him to 'suck on his step-mother's nipples' in a sick attempt to teach him about heterosexual relationships. The pair are now in their sixties and their son is in his thirties, and he spoke in court about what a long road it had been to justice for him.
It's understood that the man first approached the police when he was 16, but he wasn't believed at the time and was forced to drop the complaints. He took the decision to go to the police again as a grown man for justice for the abuse, and the couple were promptly arrested and tried. The father and step-mother sat in the dock at Reading Crown Court as prosecutor Ruby Silva described to the court how they had begun their sexual assaults when the boy was 11, Silva read aloud the father's statement and cited how he had claimed the abuse was to ‘keep him on the straight and narrow path,’ following the couple’s irrational fear of their son being gay. Defence counsel Timothy Shorter said the father did not touch the child himself: "He was very much the lesser role and you will note that the victim’s statement reflects that fact."
The father received a conviction of six years, and the step-mother, who denied all charges until her sentencing, was convicted of indecent assault of a child, and two counts of indecency with a child and will go to prison for nine years. Judge Lamb said during sentencing: "This was a child who had been neglected by his mother and was particularly vulnerable. The damage that you two have done is unacceptable. For your own personal sexual gratification, you performed sexual acts on a boy who considered you his mother. This was your warped sense of right and wrong. One of the most sickening aspects is how you pointed a finger at wholly innocent people, such as the boy’s birth mother. I have read and re-read the victim’s statement. He was desperate for affection and you wholly exploited that."
The victim spoke after the hearing to say: "It’s been a long process, and I tried before. I tried when I was 16 and obviously I was made out to be a liar. A lot of people will ask ‘why now?’ But it took me that long to convince myself that I had the courage to go through it all again. If my story can reach just one other person, I will be perfectly happy with that."