Samuel Kirk – Hull 

Vile babysitter, 15, repeatedly raped girl, eight, while they were playing ‘sleeping lions’

The victim has spoken out at the shocking abuse she suffered from convicted rapist Samuel Kirk

Samuel Kirk was jailed for six years last June. 

A young woman has told how she was repeatedly raped by her teenage babysitter during games of ‘sleeping lions’.

The victim, now 21, who cannot be named, has spoken out about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of Samuel Kirk, who she described as a “monster” for stealing her childhood from her, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Kirk was 15 when he sexually assaulted the woman, then eight, as they played ‘sleeping lions’ – a children’s game where players lie down on the floor and are not allowed to move.

At a hearing at Hull Crown Court, Kirk was sentenced to six years in prison last June after he was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

Speaking after the sentence, his victim said: “He is a vile human being and an absolute monster. He was manipulative and I never had any good memories of him. He was just a horrible person and a low-life.

“He ruined my life and took my childhood away from me. My life will never be the same again. He has ruined it in every way possible.”

Kirk, who is now 26, started looking after the victim when he was a teenager.

She added: “We used to play a game called ‘sleeping lions’ where we had to pretend to be asleep and we weren’t allowed to wake up. He did it then while I was ‘asleep.’

“He basically raped me. He touched me down below and he made me touch him as well before raping me.

“I couldn’t count how many occasions but it was every time he came round to look after me which was every week.

“The first time I had no idea because he never went the full way but the second time I was in agony. I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know what he was doing to me.”

Scared to tell anyone the truth, when she was 10 years old the girl told her mum she did not want Kirk to babysit her anymore because he was “horrible”.

She did not understand the true horror of what had happened to her until her first sex education class in her last year of primary school when the disturbing truth was revealed.

She added: “It made me feel disgusted, vile, confused – every bad feeling there was. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was only 11 so I was still really young and I didn’t know what to think or do.

“After the class I thought I was pregnant and I used to punch myself in the tummy. I lost my head and I didn’t know what was going on.”

The youngster continued to be haunted by her past after moving into secondary school when her behaviour became more erratic and she started to self-harm.

She added: “I always used to say to my mum that I wasn’t feeling well and I hardly went to school. I developed a bad attitude and I hated my mum and dad – I just wanted them to pick up on my behaviour and I was really angry at the world.

When she was 14, the victim found the courage to tell her sister and best friend.

But it was not until she was 16 and after two years’ worth of counselling, she felt comfortable enough to tell her mum the shocking truth.

“That was really hard. It was only through working with a counsellor that made me tell my mum,” she said.

“She was absolutely heartbroken. She never said that she does but I know she feels so guilty and just disgusted.”

Despite telling her mum the truth she was convinced no one would believe her and was scared to go to the police.

But she found the strength to finally report the sickening abuse, with Kirk’s case going to trial at Hull Crown Court in June last year – forcing her into reliving the harrowing abuse by giving evidence

“It was the worst thing I’ve ever gone through but at the same time it was the best thing I’ve ever done,” she said.

“The guilty verdict was more than enough for me. That is all I ever wanted so the fact that he got six years was a bonus.”

The 21-year-old wants to encourage others who have been subjected to sexual abuse to be brave and report it to the police.

“I want to get across to people that you can still report things after so long and it can pay off. I never want anyone to go through what I went through and people shouldn’t suffer in silence,” she said.

“It was such a shock because I always thought no one would ever believe me. I thought the whole world was against me and I never thought the police would take me seriously because it was so long ago.

“I think about it every single day of my life. My behaviour used to be so bad and I wanted to die and there was nothing stopping me from doing that but now I am happy, I’ve got my career ahead of me and I so glad that I went through with it.”


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