Derbyshire teen Emily Hawksworth: 'Why I want to speak out against dad who raped me'
A TEENAGER has told how she was devastated when she was raped by her father while on a weekend visit to him.
Emily Hawksworth went on regular trips to see her dad at his Derbyshire home after he split with her mum, Karen Atalay.
Ms Atalay, 53, said her relationship with Robert Hawksworth had been "extremely abusive" and they split up in 2001.
But Emily continued to see her dad, travelling from her home in Cambridgeshire.
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Shockingly, on one of the visits when she was just 14, he carried out a sex assault on her, Derby Crown Court heard.
She kept quiet about the 2007 attack, but on later visits tried to make sure she brought friends along to stay.
The court heard that in June last year, Hawksworth, 54, of Greenway, Findern, had gone into the bedroom where Emily was sleeping at his home and raped her.
At a trial, Hawksworth denied sexually assaulting Emily in May 2007 and raping her in June 2011, but was found guilty and sentenced to nine years' imprisonment.
Judge John Burgess told Hawksworth at the case: "She was visiting you as she regularly did for the weekend.
"During the course of that Friday evening you and she were drinking both wine and cider, alcohol you provided.
"She became very drunk and was very sick. You tended to her and she was put to bed.
"During the night you came into her room, removed her underwear and had full sex.
"She was a virgin until that happened. This was a gross breach of trust and the violation of a vulnerable girl."
Speaking after the case, after waiving her right to anonymity, Emily, 18, said: "He has made things very difficult for me.
"I constantly feel stressed out by the situation.
"When I woke up in the morning I felt sick and I felt like something had happened. I felt violated.
"I stayed in bed all day and on the Sunday he kept asking me to go to town with him and make me take the Pill."
But she said she refused to take it, saying that she "did not want to believe what had happened".
"I was blunt with him and I didn't want the conversation to be brought up," she said.
"When I went home on the Sunday night I wasn't going to say anything to my mum but as soon as I walked in I burst into tears.
"She knew something had happened so I told her. She was distraught and rang the police."
On the 2007 attack, Emily said she had not initially reported it because she felt scared.
"I was young at the time," she said. "I did not know how to handle it."
Ms Atalay described the ordeal as "terrible and heart-breaking".
"I felt quite guilty. I felt it was my fault," she said.
"My marriage to him [Robert] was extremely abusive but I was too frightened to tell anybody anything.
"I'm relieved that at last we have some justice.
"We have all found it very hard to lead a normal life.
"I think we have got through the worst but we are just trying to come to terms with what has happened."
For Hawksworth, Mark Van De Zwart, said: "The greatest punishment is the self-inflicted loss of his family and the loss of his relationship with his daughter. It will continue long after he is released after the sentence."
Hawksworth must sign the sex offenders' register and he is disqualified from working with children and must obey a sexual offences prevention order.