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Woman says she forgives father for raping her
A WOMAN who was repeatedly raped by her father from the age of five says she has forgiven him for the years of abuse.
Yesterday, 71-year-old Terry Haynes was found guilty of 12 counts of rape, 11 counts of indecent assault and one attempted rape.
The victim of all but one count was his daughter Teresa Haynes who said giving evidence against her father in Oxford Crown Court was “the worst thing ever”.
Terry Haynes, of Mathews Way, Abingdon, has now been convicted of the crimes against her which took place in Abingdon and Swindon over a 10-year period dating back to the beginning of the 1980s.
During a four-day trial, the jury heard that he was known to others as the Rev Haynes.
He has now been told by a judge he will recieve a substantial jail sentence.
He was also convicted of an attempted rape in relation to another woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Miss Haynes, who now lives in Reading, has waived her right to anonymity to be named and pictured in the Oxford Mail and to reveal the years of abuse she suffered.
She said: “It’s affected me all of my life – I can’t forget what my dad has done, but I forgive him.
“If I didn’t forgive him I would hate him for the rest of my life and I will just become an angry person.”
The 39-year-old said she burst into tears in a clothes shop when a friend called her to tell her the verdict.
She said: “I am shocked because everyone for years told me no-one would believe it.”
But the mum-of-eight said it was painful to testify against her dad, adding: “It was the worst thing ever. He is still my dad at the end of the day.
“I have no feelings for him. I still love my mum but I have no feelings towards my dad.”
Miss Haynes, who works in a primary school library, said her immediate family turned against her ahead of the trial.
She said: “All I did was step up in court and tell the truth.
“I can move on now everything is out in the open.”
In 2012, Miss Haynes appeared in the Oxford Mail after former Salvation Army volunteer James Summers, then 79, was jailed for raping her and other young girls in the 1980s.
Haynes was also cleared of a further five counts of rape and will be sentenced at the same court on April 11.