Cassie Pike was a lonely girl. From the earliest age, she had been a young carer to her dying mum while suffering the rages of her violent dad. Then Cassie’s life imploded when, aged 12, her mother was taken into fulltime care and her father and eldest sister both left home.
Cassie was forced to fend for herself. Somehow she survived where was little food, often no electricity and certainly no love or parental care. In the park with her friends late at night she was offered vodka and cannabis by older men.
She thought they were her friends – she had no idea she was actually their prey.
There was Ali, Harry, Tupac, Immi… all Asian men, all much older than her. They plied her with booze and drugs and when she was too drunk and high to say no, they raped her.
Trapped in a cycle of shame and misery, Cassie took drugs constantly to numb the pain of the abuse. As the years passed, the drugs got harder and the number of men increased until it got to the point where Cassie didn’t want to wake up any more.
At 16, Cassie finally escaped and, with the help of her new foster family, she found the courage to open up about the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) she had suffered.
Her revelations to the police prompted the largest CSE investigation in the UK and her evidence led to 17 convictions for crimes such as rape and child trafficking totalling over 175 prison time.
The Halifax child sex ring case was unique in relying mostly on one witness – and yet Cassie has undoubtedly saved many other girls from the same terrible fate she suffered.
Cassie Pike, 22, loves nothing more than taking her two children to the park, reading them bedtimes stories or showering them with kisses and cuddles. It is the kind of life she herself longed for as a child. Tragically her mother was diagnosed with a life-limiting disease when Cassie was a baby and from the earliest age, she was a young carer.
Her father, a drug taker and gambler, was often absent and always violent.
This lack of a stable and loving home made her vulnerable to the evil men who preyed on her in Halifax from the age of 12 till her escape four years later.
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Katy Weitz believes that most people have an extraordinary story to tell and she specialises in bringing them to the public's attention. She started her career as a Feature Writer on the national newspapers 18 years ago and within a few short years, rose to become Features Editor. In 2005 she left to set up her own real-life story agency First Features Ltd and since then has sold stories to all parts of the national and international press as well as television. With a remarkable empathy for her clients, she quickly saw that some had stories which couldn’t be told completely in 1500 w...
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