Brave Scots sex abuse survivor urges others to speak up after sick attacks by male relative


A brave Scots woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a relative is urging another victim’s of abuse to come forward despite her alleged attacker not being prosecuted.

Kellie Morrison, who has waived her right to anonymity, told the Daily Record she was repeatedly molested by the male family member in 2015 and 2016.

The 32-year-old made repeated suicide attempts as she battled to come to terms with what happened to her, before bravely confronting the alleged attacker in front of her parents.

Kellie, from Renfrew, was able to get life-saving mental health support after speaking out and now understands that what happened to her was not her fault.

She hopes that other victims are able to find the courage to come forward even though there was not enough evidence for her relative to be charged.



Kellie decided to speak out after learning that no charges were being brought

Kellie, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder after being abused, said: “After I told people about what had happened to me, that’s when I started getting the mental health support that I needed.

“I was so ashamed about what happened but my counselor made me realize that it wasn’t my fault. I didn’t do anything to deserve it.

“He also helped me realize that all the anger I have inside me is there because of what happened to me. I’m definitely able to cope with it slightly better now.

“Speaking about it to the police also helped me feel better. It was hard and really quite scary when you’re sitting there but they were absolutely amazing.

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“They were really supportive and helpful. They made me feel safer just by speaking to them. While I didn’t get the justice that I want and he’s not going to court, I would 100% report it again.



Kellie, 32, is being supported by her parents
Kellie has waived her right to anonymity

“And if anyone else is going through the same situation, I’d strongly encourage them to speak out because there’s a lot of help available for you.”

Kellie, who continues to struggle with the last-effects of the alleged abuse, told how she was left ‘frozen’ the first time the relative made a sexual comment towards her.

She explained: “The first time it happened, he called up and told me to get ready so we could go to the pub.

“My ex-partner was in the flat at that time as well. I remember standing at the window after he arrived and he said ‘Oh I wish we weren’t related, the things I’d do to you’.

“I couldn’t even say anything back. I was just in total shock and just froze. What do you even say to that?”

“We ended up going to the pub and an argument took place between him and my ex. He didn’t want him there so my partner left. That’s when he started feeling my leg.

“After that incident, he started sending me messages asking me to be alone the next time he saw me but I was never going to let that happen if I could help it.

“But then another night, he came up when my ex was out and said we’d go to the shop for alcohol.

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“When we got to the bottom of the close, he stopped me and pulled his penis out. He was trying to get me to touch it. I ran back up to the house away from him.”

After struggling to deal with the effects of the incident, Kellie moved to be closer to her parents.

But the abuse allegedly continued with the relative, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attempting to put his hands down her trousers before offering her £10.

Kellie revealed what had been happening to her partner at the time and later confronted her abuser in front of her parents.

She explained: “I got him in front of my mum and dad. I was crying and I told him to tell the truth about what he had been doing to me. He didn’t say anything and just walked out.

“My parents believed me straight away. I got referred to my mental health team after I self-harming.



Pictured is Kellie Morrison
Kellie reported her alleged abuser to police in January

“I had been speaking to my counselor and he was making me understand that it wasn’t my fault that he did this to me.

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“I explained that I was acting the way I was because of the trauma. In 2018, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

“I couldn’t understand why and I’d never even heard of it before. But they explained that it was because of the trauma of what I had been through.”

Kellie plucked up the courage to report her alleged abuser to police in January but was told last weekend that there was not enough corroborating evidence to prosecute.

She added: “If he is capable of doing this to someone he’s related to, I think he’s more than capable of doing it to someone else.

“I just hope that if there’s anyone else he’s hurt, they come forward. Why should I have to go through all this pain when it was him that did it.

He’s walking about free but I’m broken inside. It’s just not fair that I don’t get any justice.”

Police Scotland confirmed a man had been arrested in connection with Kellie’s allegations but that he had been released without charge.

A spokesperson said: ‘On Saturday, 8 January, officers received a report from a 32-year-old woman regarding sexual offenses that took place in Paisley during 2015.

“Officers carried out a number of inquiries in relation to this report and on Saturday, 26 February, a man was arrested and later released without charge.”

If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this article, support can be found via Rape Crisis Scotland by clicking here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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