Actress Samantha Morton speaks out for the first time about sexual abuse she suffered while in care as a teenager.
Samantha Morton has said that the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager in care was never investigated, despite her reporting it to police and social services.
The 37-year-old claimed she reported the abuse by two male residential care workers in Nottingham when she was 13 years old.
In a report, the Bafta award-winning actress said she decided to waive her right to anonymity in the wake of a report detailing sexual exploitation of 1,400 children over a period of 16 years in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Fearing that the issue is wide widespread, she called for further investigations in other places, including her home town of Nottingham.
“I just wanted to go public with this, to say, we know it’s rife but why are there not further investigations into other areas? It isn’t just Rotherham, I’m sure it’s not just Rotherham,” she said.
The actress said there was no support and no offer of counselling for her. She added that maybe the authorities just assumed that she had been abused already or anything.
“A lot of people who abused my friends were people in very, very top jobs within the social services. Nottingham in the 80s was rife with that,” said Samantha.
The actress revealed she had recently spoken to Nottinghamshire Police about her original complaint and was told the report contained only a reference to “frolicking” and no sexual abuse.
Nottinghamshire Police said it had checked its files and found that there was “no record of a complaint of this nature”.
“Our Head of Public Protection has also spoken directly to Ms Morton twice in recent days and has asked her if she wishes to make a complaint so that we can begin an investigation, but she has not during either of those conversations confirmed to us that she does wish to take this matter further,” the force said in a statement.
It further asked Ms Morton to confirm that she wishes to make an allegation so that the police can fully investigate the matter. This, they believe will help Ms Morton obtain justice which will assist others who may have been victims.