Forest Town abuse victim tells police ‘find my rapist before I do’

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A child-sex victim who finally uncovered the name of his abuser four decades after he was raped, has warned police ‘find him before I do’.

Former Forest Town man Mickey Summers was finally able to confirm the full name of the perpetrator when he recently searched through the archives in Nottingham to find juvenile court registers from the 1960s.

He says the man, who was a social services worker, had severely sexually assaulted him in a car as he was being driven to a boys’ home.

Mickey (60) spent his younger years in several boys’ homes where he suffered and witnessed horrific abuse, including a young boy with learning difficulties being raped.

Although Mickey now lives in America, he has returned to Britain to campaign to name and shame the paedophiles who preyed on youngsters at homes across the county.

Mickey says he has since given the name of his abuser, which Chad is unable to print for legal reasons, to Operation Daybreak - the investigation set up by Nottinghamshire Police to look into allegations of systematic abuse at boys homes across the county spanning more than 40 years.

But he says he will also continue the search himself and confront his abuser, if he is still alive.

“It was a relief to find the name, I feel justified coming back from New York after finding that,” he said.

“This is a big piece of the jigsaw, and this goes right to the top. This has never been my shame, so I’m going to be giving it back to them.

“I am going to try and find him, I don’t know if he is still alive, but I’m going to find out.

“I don’t care about the consequences, I’ve been suffering the consequences from this all my life, and so has my family.

“The police need to find him before I do.”

But a spokesman on behalf of Operation Daybreak said in response: “Our enquiries in relation to original allegations made by this individual are ongoing and we regularly update him on our progress. We have since been made aware of further allegations and have invited him to share those with us so we can properly and ethically investigate them.

“Making public allegations against someone not only risks their safety but that of their family. We would certainly never condone someone taking the law into their own hands. They could not only face criminal proceedings resulting in jail, they could also face civil action for defamation if wrong.

“In addition, such action could compromise any subsequent criminal proceedings that may be brought in relation to the allegations and this could ultimately lead to the collapse of the case in court.

“The only course of action, every time, should be to call the police immediately.”

However, Mickey remains angry at claims that his records from time spent in various boys’ homes were destroyed in 1978 by the local authority, which the council says was standard practice at the time.

He went to Nottingham City Council, who had been responsible for his time in care - largely at care homes in the city.

He went to Nottinghamshire County Council - who had taken over responsibility for child social care in 1974. The authorities told him that his records had been destroyed, by the county council.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for children’s social care, Steve Edwards said: “We take all allegations of historic abuse very seriously, including those of Mr Summers and because of this we have met with him on a regular basis.

“We previously explained to Mr Summers that we had been unable to locate any of his files - the information we have is that his child care file was destroyed in 1978 – and we apologised to him at the time for this.

“We are also working closely with the police to investigate Mr Summers’ allegations and will continue to work with both him and the police on this. Through Operation Daybreak, the ongoing police investigation into historic abuse, a number of arrests have been made.

“We have every sympathy with Mr Summers and for all those who allege historic abuse and we remain committed to fully investigating these allegations.”

But after finding his name and his abuser in the court records, Mickey remains adamant there are still other records buried in the archive that would support his case.

“My first instinct when I first found that court record was to go to the council but I didn’t,” he said.

“They told me that they’d searched the archives and found nothing. It took us two days to find them, but I knew it was there.

“I told them there was a court record, but they claimed there was no trace.”

Meanwhile, Bassetlaw MP, John Mann, has offered his backing to Operation Daybreak, and suggests there are many more victims from the Mansfield area.

Speaking to Chad, he said: “It’s going to take time, inevitably, but there are some serious allegations for other homes in the Mansfield area.

“I have sent a lot of things to the police including allegations of files being destroyed, and it’s some very precise information.

“Clearly there are charges that should be brought against some people.

“I would like to see the case proceeding and get convictions, and I want to make sure proper resources are allocated.”