A woman who was forced to drink drunk alcohol and was repeatedly raped by her father, a scientist from the age of 11, has recounted her childhood from hell in a devastating new book.
On the face of it, Kim Chown, now 56, was from Darlington, County Durham, the daughter of a respected scientist and university lecturer who worked in the developing world and moved from Nigeria, Sudan and Brunei to Papua New Guinea and the Atlantic island . of Saint Helena.
But behind closed doors, tragic Kim lived a life of enforced depravity, rape, sexual abuse, and botched do-it-yourself abortions, all at the hands of her pedophile father.
Francis Beaumont, known as Bernard, a renowned microbiologist and histology expert, even threatened to dissolve his daughter in an acid bath if she ever talked about the sickening years of abuse she had endured.
Kim’s mother Jean Beaumont died of a heart attack in 2007, and Kim shared how she too was emotionally and mentally abused by her father and “struggled with life.” Kim lived with Jean – who married her father in 1960 but divorced him in 1968 – in the UK until she was 11, at which point her father took her for what was supposed to be a six-week vacation, but she came justly. stay in Africa until 1985.
Kim Chown, who lives in County Durham, has opened up to the horrific abuse she endured at the hands of her scientist father Francis Beaumont during her early teens. Kim is in the picture at the age of 15 with Beaumont in Africa
Kim lived a life of enforced depravity, rape, sexual abuse, and botched do-it-yourself abortions by her pedophile father. Kim is depicted as a child in Africa
Her book entitled Who Will Believe You? describes how Kim was taken thousands of miles from her home in Leeds to Nairobi, Kenya to live with predatory Beaumont.
She was forced to endure terrible sexual and mental abuse for years and as a young teenager she had two abortions.
Bernard Beaumont forced her to drink home-brewed beer and wine laced with pure alcohol, which he took from the labs where he worked and dressed her in adult lingerie before raping and assaulting her for hours.
“My dad made me wear suspenders, stockings, and high heels,” Kim said.
Now 51, Kim has talked about her childhood from hell in a devastating new book entitled ‘Who Will Believe You’
Bernard Beaumont forced her to drink home-brewed beer and wine with pure alcohol that he took from the laboratories where he worked. Beaumont and Kim were photographed in Africa when Kim was 16
Kim was taken thousands of miles from her home in Leeds to Nairobi, Kenya, to live with her father when she was eleven. Pictured, Beaumont in Africa
He went through these strange rituals where he got me drunk and forced me to listen to the same Pink Floyd record over and over while raping and assaulting me.
‘Then I had to get up, put on my uniform and go to school while he was in bed and slept everything in.
He told me I would be dissolved in acid if I ever told it and all that would be left of me would be my teeth. No one would ever know I existed. ‘
When she was only 15 years old, despite being forced to take the birth control pill, Kim became pregnant and had to endure the harrowing ordeal of an abortion in an African country where the procedure was illegal.
The following year, Kim became pregnant again, but this time she said her father wanted to keep the baby and live as a family.
Kim, pictured at the age of 12, endured horrific sexual and mental abuse for years during her stay in Africa
When she was only 15 years old, and despite being forced to take the birth control pill, Kim became pregnant and had to endure the shocking ordeal of an illegal abortion.
At the age of 21, Kim met her husband, Jonathan, an encounter that would signal the end of the abuse. Kim is in the picture with Beaumont at the age of 21
Kim said, ‘I had to have an abortion when I was 15. I couldn’t believe it when I was pregnant again less than a year later. This time he wanted to keep the baby and play happy families.
‘Having an abortion was traumatic, but I absolutely couldn’t carry out his plan. A friend helped and he arranged for an abortion. ‘
After her second termination, Kim returned to the UK. Her father went to work in Brunei as a microbiologist and Kim thought her nightmare was over.
Bizarrely, however, the ailing Beaumont gave up his pioneering scientific job and opened a chip shop in Leeds.
Kim said: ‘I begged him to let me come back to the UK as I couldn’t get a job in Kenya. So I finally came home in 1985. Dad had a house in Guiseley, near Leeds, which he rented out, but it was empty. So I went and stayed there.
Beaumont, 82, was eventually brought to trial in May 2018 and sentenced to 20 years for five rape offenses
‘But he followed me and two weeks later he came to my door. He came back and raped me again.
‘He followed me to rape and abuse me. I couldn’t get out. I was stuck.
‘Just like in Africa, he told me I would never tell anyone and even if I did, he was a respected scientist and university teacher, no one would believe me more than him. That’s why I have my book Who Will Believe You? Mentioned. ‘
At the age of 21, Kim met her husband Jonathan, a meeting that would herald the end of the abuse.
She married Jonathan in 1991 and had a long-term marriage with two children and a grandchild.
Since the launch of her poignant life story in April, Kim has received reports from abuse survivors around the world. But it wasn’t until 2015 that her husband persuaded her to go to the police.
Beaumont, 82, was eventually brought to trial in May 2018. He was imprisoned at Leeds Crown Court for 20 years after a jury found him guilty of five rape offenses and a 20-year sentence between 1979 and 1985.
Kim boldly renounced her right to anonymity in hopes of becoming an ambassador for abuse victims.
Kim boldly relinquished her right to anonymity in hopes of becoming an ambassador for abuse victims
Kim, pictured with her husband, runs a successful business, has been sober for four years since entering rehab shortly after reporting her father to the police
Her book is a limitless account of her life and how she overcame her trauma to build a happy and successful life.
Kim added: “For me, the book is primarily about closing. But it also aims to raise awareness of this largely hidden, terrible plague on our society.
‘It is so important that people can report this and that they are listened to.’
Kim, who now lives in County Durham and runs a successful business, has been sober for four years since she entered rehab shortly after her father was reported to the police.
Who will believe you? published by Bonnier Books UK.