Church minister jailed for raping daughter


Wed 28 Sep 2016
By Hannah Tooley

A church minister has been jailed after assaulting his own daughter twice.

Woolwich Crown Court was told Mark Anderson, 54, abused his status as a minister to hide the abuse.

22-year-old Rebekah Anderson has waived her right to anonymity to try to encourage other survivors of sexual violence to come forward.

Mr Anderson has been jailed for 19 years after being convicted of two charges of rape at Woolwich Crown Court.

He has been convicted of one assault by penetration and one assault occasioning actual bodily harm when she was aged 12 and 14 respectively.

Rebekah told The Times newspaper: “I couldn’t take it anymore, it was too much of a build-up, it was holding me back and I couldn’t take it.”

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