Brave sex assault survivor who was repeatedly raped by her paedophile father from the age of eight is finally allowed to tell her harrowing story – which reduced Carrie Bickmore to tears
- Jaime Lee Page was molested by her father David Hodson from age eight to 12
- She kept money under her pillow, hoping to use a pay phone to call for help
- Bickmore was overcome with emotion after listening to Ms Page’s story
- The Project host broke down in tears while talking about Ms Page’s ‘evil’ father
- David Hodson also abused Ms Page’s step-sister, and shot her dead in 1997
A brave sexual assault survivor is finally able to tell the harrowing story of being sexually abused by her father as a child, after she was gagged by controversial laws preventing victims from speaking out.
Jaime Lee Page was molested by her sadistic father David Hodson from age eight to 12, along with her step-sister Carole.
The sisters eventually banded together and went to the police, and Hodson shot Carole dead before she could testify against him.
Ms Page kept 30 cents under her pillow as a child in the hope that one night she could sneak out and use a pay phone to call for help.
Jaime Lee Page, who was molested by her sadistic father David Hodson from age eight to 12, kept 30 cents under her pillow in the hope that one night she could sneak out and use a pay phone to call for help
‘I thought I could ring someone, call someone, and they could come get me. But that time never came,’ the Melbourne mother told The Project on Tuesday night.
Bickmore was overcome with emotion after listening to the atrocities Ms Page suffered as a child.
‘It’s just so evil, to imagine a little girl with 30c under her pillow, hoping to make a phone call to freedom,’ she said through tears.
‘You should be able to scream from the rooftops whatever she wants to scream, and to know that she can now.’
Ms Page, now 40, won an eight-month legal battle to reveal her real name and finally speak about the four years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her evil father.
Victorian victims of sex crimes were until recently banned from telling their stories publicly unless they obtained a court order, in laws that were widely condemned around Australia.
‘It’s about time I reclaimed my story,’ Ms Page told The Project. ‘Don’t tell us to be quiet, ask to hear more.’
Carrie Bickmore was overcome with emotion after listening to the atrocities Jamie Lee Page suffered as a child
Ms Page’s abuse started in 1988 when she was living in North Melbourne with her father, who often asked her to ‘come and play a game’ with him
Ms Page’s abuse started in 1988 when she was living in North Melbourne with her father, who often asked her to ‘come and play a game’ with him.
‘I thought “oh, wow finally, my dad’s paying me some attention”. But it just turns out the game really wasn’t something for a little kid,’ she said.
‘I didn’t understand what was happening to me.’
Ms Page later found out she wasn’t her father’s only victim, Hodson had also abused her step-sister Carole.
‘We discovered that we were both going through the same things, and that’s when she decided she was going to the police and make him be held accountable for all the things he’d done to hurt us,’ Ms Page said.
But in 1997, just days before Carole was due to testify against Hodson in court, he shot and killed her in broad daylight.
Hodson then turned the gun on himself but survived.
Hodson had also abused Ms Page’s step-sister Carole (pictured) and went on to shoot her dead just days before she testified against him in court
David Hodson was sentenced to 19 years jail for Carole’s murder, but the sexual abuse charges against him were dropped due to the crucial witness being dead
He was sentenced to 19 years jail for Carole’s murder, but the sexual abuse charges against him were dropped due to the crucial witness being dead.
In 2018, Ms Page told the police about the horrors she suffered as a child.
Her father was then hit with a string of sexual abuse charges and sentenced to seven more years, but on appeal the sentence was reduced.
‘I felt that justice wasn’t served, not to the full extent of the law. I felt let down by the legal system,’ she said.
But when Ms Page went to speak publicly about her abusive childhood, she soon discovered it was against the law to speak up.
‘I just don’t understand that, it’s my life, it’s my story, it’s my name,’ she said.
Her father was then hit with a string of sexual abuse charges and sentenced to seven more years, but on appeal the sentence was reduced
Ms Page led a campaign in the Supreme Court for the right for victims to be identified, and eventually won the battle earlier this month.
‘My sister died trying to make a legacy for us and it’s my turn to make a legacy for her,’ she said.
The law was amended, and when it comes into effect sexual assault survivors will be able to show their faces without the court’s permission.
The parliament also voted down a proposal requiring grieving families and the media to seek the court’s permission to name deceased victims.
If the problematic law was to get the green light, families of dead rape victims would have been banned from speaking out about the hideous crimes and be jailed for doing so.
Media outlets and family members would also have been forced to remove any online references to victims.