A victim of sex abuse, Debbie Robinson spoke about her ordeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme last night. She was sexually assaulted by her teacher Bruce Kilgour at a School in Derby in the 1970’s.

Debbie, who waived her anonymity to appear on the Crime watch show, spoke about her harrowing experiences. Debbie disclosed that she suffered abuse by a family member from the age of 2 years. Her ordeal continued when she started Gayton Junior School.

“We had a teacher called Mr Kilgour. We were asked to come and read to him and you would go up and with his right hand he would creep up your left leg and into my pants. The headmaster told by Dad I was making it all up and he just reiterated what my family member had said, that nobody will believe you. But unbeknown to me I wasn’t the only victim.”

The Derbyshire Police investigated Kilgour as part of Operation Hydrant, which was a team established by the National Police Chiefs (NPCC) to oversee investigations of no recent child sexual abuse within institutions or by people of public prominence.

As a result of the investigation, Kilgour was found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault and was imprisoned for a period of 10 years in 2016. His victims were aged between 8 to 10 years of age and his assaults ranged from looking down girls tops to serious sexual assaults. Kilgour was also given a sexual harm prevention order, which states that when he is released from prison he will not be able to have any contact with anyone under the age of 16 years and he is prevented from having any contact with his victims.

DC Terry Shoebridge also appeared on the programme and stated, “With cases like this you’re looking for corroboration and consistency and with historical cases finding corroboration is one of the real challenges.”

At Jordans we have a specialist team with many years of experience in bringing civil cases against schools, local authorities and youth organisations. We can ensure that your case is handled sensitively and you secure the best level of compensation for those responsible for your traumatic experiences. We would encourage you to contact us if your need advice and assistance in pursuing a case.


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