Nearly 10,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Victoria Spry, the adopted daughter of a Jehovah’s Witness convicted child abuser. The petition was launched in response to information from authorities that the abusive “mother,” Eunice Spry, will be housed close to Victoria’s home when she is released from prison in July.
Eunice Spry, 70, was jailed for 12 years after she was found guilty of 26 charges of child abuse against her two foster children and adopted daughter.
Spry, born in Gloucester and from Tewkesbury, UK, routinely beat and abused the children, forcing them to drink bleach and urine, eat their own vomit, and stand naked and cold for hours on end.
Despite these atrocious acts, authorities have told Victoria, now 28, that Eunice Spry will be helped to move just 25 miles away from her home when Spry is released from prison in July 2014.
Victoria launched a Facebook page and a petition to gather support so that the Ministry of Justice – National offender management service will consider not housing her abuser so close to her home.
Victoria has also appeared on UK TV to explain why she does not want this added assault to her freedom – to live peacefully in her home town, with no possibility of meeting her adopted mother.
Despite all that she endured Victoria does not want harm to befall Eunice Spry and has made a plea that no one should take matters into their own hands when her adopted mother is released.
“For me personally it was a very tough decision to give my identity away, it was very very precious to me, I wrote a pros and cons list, a big circle on the cons list was round people getting violent towards Eunice when aware of her release…..people mistake me not advocating violence towards her as protecting her. No she has enough casualties in her wake, I’m simply not wishing anyone else joins that list.“
She told the Gloucester Citizen:
“I just want her to leave me alone so I can get on with my life,” she said.
She said: “I’ve thought quite a lot about it.
I don’t want to let what happened to me and my brother and sisters define me.”
Signing the petition is the first step to ensuring Victoria and her siblings never have to face Eunice Spry again.
BBC interview Link
The petition can be found here Link
Gloucester Citizen Adopted daughter – Abusive mother Link
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