Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

'Stand with Sophie' girl, 9, filmed revealing sexual abuse by mom’s partner with secret code is reunited with her dad

A NINE-year-old girl who sent a series of coded letters to her dad detailing alleged sexual abuse at home has been reunited with her father.

After a video of the little girl telling her grandmother she'd been abused by her mom's fiancee went viral, court documents reveal the dad communicates with his daughter in code.

Sophie detailed the code words in a key alongside one of her letters.

She used "daisies" or "dandelions" for danger, and "pens" to mean there was fighting at home, reports.

The notes are part of a cache of court documents, which also allege Sophie said she'd been touched by her mother's fiancé.

The little girl reportedly told her stepmother that 'Mr. Jake and his friends touch her sometimes and she doesn't like it.'

The stepmother also told doctors that Sophie had asked her what it was like to be pregnant, and feared medics would try to photograph her genitals, it's alleged.

The pre-teen was diagnosed with a yeast infection after complaining of pains in her privates to her step-mother, and then underwent a forensic interview, after which medics said "sexual abuse was suspected".

Sophie's dad and step-mum said via their lawyer they were "terrified at the prospect" of their little girl returning to her allegedly abusive step dad.

And their worst fears were confirmed last week when a judge allowed the little girl and her two brothers to return to their mother – and have weekend visits with their dad.

At the time the step-mum said: "It felt just awful [to hear what she said] and you feel disgusted all the time, especially with everybody telling you right and left that it shouldn’t be this hard to remove a child from an abusive situation."

She added: "I just don’t understand why everybody just keeps throwing them back to the wolves."

However, the courts have recently back-tracked on the rulings and she is back with her dad.

The parents' lawyer said they are "thrilled" to have Sophie out of her mom's home and living with them.

Sophie's dad added he initially shared the clips of his daughter's anguish online after realising "the legal system completely failed us".

He said: "I realised we were completely broke, we’d spent everything we had, so you know what, if no one else is going to speak for Sophie, I’ll let her speak for herself.

"So I released it and we’ll let the world decide. ‘While nobody wants to be under scrutiny in that way and I certainly don’t want my daughter to be under public scrutiny for something so sensitive, I thought I’d let her speak up for herself rather than be put in this situation again and again."

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