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A woman who found out her husband was abusing their daughter but did nothing to stop him will avoid jail time.

The husband admitted to his wife in mid-2015 that he had been abusing the child, the District Court of Western Australia heard on Tuesday, shares Daily Mail.

He was sentenced to seven years in jail for engaging in sexual conduct with a child.

The 36-year-old man molested his daughter from when she was seven to about 13 years old, and even filmed some of the abuse, the court heard.

The 40-year-old WA woman said she learned about the abuse after the husband ‘just blurted out’ to her that he had ‘molested’ their daughter, claiming he had not ‘hurt her physically’ and promising not to do it again, ABC reported.

The woman went on to tell her daughter to say no to her father and to tell her if it happened again.

On Christmas Day 2015, the child, who was then aged around 13, told a family member about the abuse. This angered the mother, the court heard, because she felt it would risk breaking the family apart, Perth Now reported.

Judge Troy Sweeney said the woman ‘utterly failed to protect her daughter’ and had ‘placed responsibility’ on the child to make the abuse stop.

However, Judge Sweeney said the woman should avoid jail time so that the child doesn’t lose both her parents.

‘You remain her mother and she needs you desperately,’ the judge said, according to ABC.

The woman was given a 12-month jail term but it was suspended for 18 months, with conditions including mandatory counseling.

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  • Ellen,
    I’m not sure about that. I have seen people go to counselling and they have been quite irrational afterwards for a couple of days. Is that going to be good for child to have to cope with? There needs to be monitoring to see the effects on the girl. She may be better staying with somebody she knows and trusts until they see the immediate effects after counselling sessions.

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  • its sad to me that there are woman out there that are so desperate to hold on to/have a man in their lives that they will allow their children to be at risk.
    I understand when you get married that its supposed to be till death do you part but when you have a child you need to understand that the child MUST come first. You have to do all you can to protect and do the best by that child and if your partner starts doing things to hurt your child then they have broken the contract you had with them. You get your child and you do what ever you have to do to get them out of that situation and you make sure you keep them safe. They come first….your husband becomes no longer important. Hes not a father, hes not a husband, he is not even a man. He is simply scum and you need to walk away.

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  • Oh my god

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  • A disturbing story indeed !
    First of all I think that dad’s sentence is far too light !! 7 years for molesting his daughter from when she was 7 to about 13 years old, and even filmed some of the abuse ??!! COME ON, that’s nothing !! Mum is clearly a weaker personality, not being able to stand up against dad and to protect her daughter and placing responsibility by her child.
    There sure is some wisdom in the courts judgment to suspend mums jail time into mandatory counseling, so daughter doesn’t loose both parents.

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  • Oh wow, I’m shocked that they even let her retain custody of her daughter when she so obviously failed to protect her from her own father. Very disturbing. And for the father to claim he had never physically hurt his daughter……..what does he think molesting has done to her!!??

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