Victims of pedophiles who abused five-year-old girls in Tasmania talk about their torment

Victims of pedophiles who abused young girls over 25 give harrowing stories of their torment – with one saying she felt ‘one of the lucky ones’ for only raping her once

  • Phillip James Scott, 69, pleaded guilty in Tasmania to sexual abuse charges
  • Five survivors told of pain inflicted by a man they should have trusted
  • Crimes of 1972-97 were covered up by emotional threats to children
  • The children, then 5-12 years old, were often looked after by Scott

Five survivors of child sexual abuse in Tasmania have spoken of the pain inflicted by a man they should have trusted.

Phillip James Scott, 69, has pleaded guilty to two charges of persistent child sexual abuse, two counts of indecent assault and one of rape.

He often babysat children aged five to 12, the Supreme Court in Hobart heard Monday.

A victim was assaulted at her birthday party.

“Every birthday I experienced was a reminder of what he did to me. I’ve never felt very good to be myself,” she said in a statement read to the court.

The abuse took place from 1972-97 and Scott was indicted several years ago.

Victims as young as five have told their harrowing stories of their torment inflicted by Phillip James Scott. He often babysat the children from five to twelve years old (stock image)

He was questioned by police in 1997 and 2002 over allegations made by some survivors, but no charges were brought.

When interviewed about the allegations of all five survivors, Scott initially told police they made them up because “some of them owed him money.”

He pleaded innocent and the case would go to trial before he changed his mind and admitted the crimes in June.

The woman explained the trauma of preparing to testify.

“The only thing that has kept me going is to believe that one day I would have my day of justice,” she said.

Another survivor turned to hard drugs because she said it was the only way to clear her head.

Phillip James Scott, 69, pleaded guilty to charges of persistent sexual abuse, indecent assault and rape at the Hobart High Court.  He will be sentenced on August 30 (stock image)

Phillip James Scott, 69, pleaded guilty to charges of persistent sexual abuse, indecent assault and rape at the Hobart High Court. He will be sentenced on August 30 (stock image)

“I know the abuse wasn’t my fault, but it makes you feel so gross. Erase the abuse of my childhood and I had the world at my feet,” she said.

A man who was abused by Scott as a boy said he started gambling and drinking to distract his mind.

“I’ve lost a lot of friends and my relationships were based on lies,” he said.

Prosecutor Luke Brett said almost all of the abuse, which usually took place at Scott’s home, took place when the children were “visibly upset.”

Scott covered up his crimes by emotionally threatening the children.

“He was entrusted to look after the children, it’s a serious breach of trust,” Mr Brett said, adding that some victims were abused on a “regular basis”.

One woman said she felt “one of the lucky ones” because Scott only raped her once.

She shared that she was jealous of people with dementia and wondered what life would be like to forget ‘even for one day’.

“It should have been a sweet and innocent time,” she said.

A fourth woman, who remembers hiding under the bed to avoid Scott, said she never lets her kids stay at anyone’s home.

She described having learning difficulties as a child and difficulty concentrating in school after being abused.

“I just thought I wasn’t that smart.”

Scott was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on August 30.

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