Brighton teen's sex attack horror while on dream holiday

A Brighton father has told how a dream family holiday turned into a nightmare after his 15-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted at a luxury resort.

The father, who The Argus cannot name for legal reasons, told The Argus his £8,000, once-in-a-lifetime family holiday turned into the “worst experience of his life” following the traumatic experience.

And he claims the lack of assistance he received from the Thomas Cook rep at a Mexican resort allowed his daughter’s attacker enough time to escape the country and flee justice.

The father took his partner and three children to Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort and Spa in Mexico at the turn of the year.

With just four days of the holiday to go, the family’s 19-year-old son went out to the resort’s nightclub while his 15-year-old sister stayed in the room they shared.

The father claims that a man headed to her room when she was alone and assaulted her.

When the brother came back from the club with a friend he went to put his key card in the door but couldn’t open it past the latch.

His arrival caused the man – a Canadian – to flee the scene via the balcony with the brother and friend in pursuit.

A fight broke out between them, waking up the parents and alerting resort security, who, he said, failed to contact police.

The father said it was two days after the incident that police were informed after the family went to the British Consulate.

A day earlier, the travel rep gave the family an address for a police station but when they got there they discovered it had been closed six weeks earlier, he said.

The father added: “We weren’t able to phone police themselves because the hotel phones weren’t registered.

“The rep said the hotel was dealing with it but the hotel staff were just shrugging their shoulders.

“It was the worst experience of my life. I am convinced that there could have been some sort of justice but they left a 15-year-old thinking its normal for a man to act like that.”

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said that as soon as the resort team were aware of the alleged incident, they worked closely with the hotel management to offer every support including counselling for the victim and a transfer to a different hotel.

She added: “The welfare of our customers is always our priority, and we were naturally concerned to hear of the alleged incident that occurred during the family’s holiday.”

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9:09am Wed 5 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

How did they know the assailant was Canadian?
How did they know the assailant was Canadian? Martin999

9:09am Wed 5 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

Thomas Cook it.
Thomas Cook it. power_ranger

9:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

Martin999 wrote:
How did they know the assailant was Canadian?
Perhaps he had a maple leaf tattoo?
[quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: How did they know the assailant was Canadian?[/p][/quote]Perhaps he had a maple leaf tattoo? The Prophet of Doom

10:12am Wed 5 Feb 14

brighton-breezy says...

Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened:
Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.
Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened: Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault. brighton-breezy

1:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

GRANDAD says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened:
Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.
Reading between the lines requires something between your ears
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened: Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.[/p][/quote]Reading between the lines requires something between your ears GRANDAD

1:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Harry Brown says...

You have a vivid imagination, Brighton-breezy. Keep it to yourself
You have a vivid imagination, Brighton-breezy. Keep it to yourself Harry Brown

3:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Mel Shock says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened:
Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.
I am disgusted that you can even think this !!!!
This is why men get away with rape repeatedly because people like you sit on a jury or become a copper and instantly presume the girl is lying !!!

I hope to hell you don't have any female daughters or friends that get raped, because only then will you know the sheer trauma and hurt it causes.
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened: Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.[/p][/quote]I am disgusted that you can even think this !!!! This is why men get away with rape repeatedly because people like you sit on a jury or become a copper and instantly presume the girl is lying !!! I hope to hell you don't have any female daughters or friends that get raped, because only then will you know the sheer trauma and hurt it causes. Mel Shock

3:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Sir Prised says...

Mel Shock wrote:
brighton-breezy wrote:
Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened:
Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.
I am disgusted that you can even think this !!!!
This is why men get away with rape repeatedly because people like you sit on a jury or become a copper and instantly presume the girl is lying !!!

I hope to hell you don't have any female daughters or friends that get raped, because only then will you know the sheer trauma and hurt it causes.
On the other hand, I read the other day, that if a woman claims to have been raped, she must be believed. Therefore if she names her assailant, he must by definiton be guilty. This turn the notion of British justice on it's head. All the police should do is investigate the evidence, keeping an open mind.
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened: Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.[/p][/quote]I am disgusted that you can even think this !!!! This is why men get away with rape repeatedly because people like you sit on a jury or become a copper and instantly presume the girl is lying !!! I hope to hell you don't have any female daughters or friends that get raped, because only then will you know the sheer trauma and hurt it causes.[/p][/quote]On the other hand, I read the other day, that if a woman claims to have been raped, she must be believed. Therefore if she names her assailant, he must by definiton be guilty. This turn the notion of British justice on it's head. All the police should do is investigate the evidence, keeping an open mind. Sir Prised

4:02pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

She did not claim she was raped. She claimed sexual assault. Brighton-breezy might have a vivid imagination, but I think he is right when he says there is more to this than we are being told. I would ask the father how he knew the attacker was Canadian, and how he knows that the attacker has left the country. I suspect that they know who this person is. Their complaint is the lack of action by the authorities allowing the criminal to flee justice, and for that I sympathise.
She did not claim she was raped. She claimed sexual assault. Brighton-breezy might have a vivid imagination, but I think he is right when he says there is more to this than we are being told. I would ask the father how he knew the attacker was Canadian, and how he knows that the attacker has left the country. I suspect that they know who this person is. Their complaint is the lack of action by the authorities allowing the criminal to flee justice, and for that I sympathise. Martin999

9:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

Mel Shock says...

Rape, sexual assault, call it what you will be either way there is a tendancy for the woman to NOT be believed.

To focus on how the father knew this guy was Canadian is irrelvant, what is important is what is alledged top have happened, how TC handled it and the guy escaping.....
Rape, sexual assault, call it what you will be either way there is a tendancy for the woman to NOT be believed. To focus on how the father knew this guy was Canadian is irrelvant, what is important is what is alledged top have happened, how TC handled it and the guy escaping..... Mel Shock

2:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Mel Shock wrote:
Rape, sexual assault, call it what you will be either way there is a tendancy for the woman to NOT be believed.

To focus on how the father knew this guy was Canadian is irrelvant, what is important is what is alledged top have happened, how TC handled it and the guy escaping.....
Please don't dismiss my post as irrelevant. I think it is very important to establish who this person is that committed this offence. I also believe that the girl was assaulted, I can't see any reason for her to make it up. The only way to bring justice for this family is for the Mexican police to investigate it thoroughly and ask many questions of all people in the case. Something they have clearly failed to do so far.
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: Rape, sexual assault, call it what you will be either way there is a tendancy for the woman to NOT be believed. To focus on how the father knew this guy was Canadian is irrelvant, what is important is what is alledged top have happened, how TC handled it and the guy escaping.....[/p][/quote]Please don't dismiss my post as irrelevant. I think it is very important to establish who this person is that committed this offence. I also believe that the girl was assaulted, I can't see any reason for her to make it up. The only way to bring justice for this family is for the Mexican police to investigate it thoroughly and ask many questions of all people in the case. Something they have clearly failed to do so far. Martin999

2:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Mel Shock says...

Apologies, I was not dismissing your post as irrelevant more the 'how did they know the guy was canadian'.

Agreed I hope they do find whoever did this, think I was probably more irate at the usual 'trolls' that stalk these forums
Apologies, I was not dismissing your post as irrelevant more the 'how did they know the guy was canadian'. Agreed I hope they do find whoever did this, think I was probably more irate at the usual 'trolls' that stalk these forums Mel Shock

3:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened:
Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.
Thank goodness you are here, Inspector Clouseau! Let's just scrap the police force and bring in armchair detectives.
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines, there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If my daughter was raped in a hotel, I would make sure, using what ever means necessary the police were called and it was dealt with. Most people have mobiles that work abroad these days and even if they didn't have one I'm sure another holiday maker would have been more than happy to lend one. My suspicious side would imagine that the following happened: Brother agreed to allow sister to go to the night club / sister met up with new found friends during that evening when she was supposed to be in bed, Sister had some drinks and got drunk, Canadian boy bursting for holiday sex was plying her with drinks and they went back to her room, door put on latch. Brother comes home catches them at it, gets protective and chase / fight ensues. She is deeply embarrassed and makes up a story of sexual assault.[/p][/quote]Thank goodness you are here, Inspector Clouseau! Let's just scrap the police force and bring in armchair detectives. thevoiceoftruth

4:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Mel Shock wrote:
Apologies, I was not dismissing your post as irrelevant more the 'how did they know the guy was canadian'.

Agreed I hope they do find whoever did this, think I was probably more irate at the usual 'trolls' that stalk these forums
Apologies accepted, I also hope they identify this person and get justice. On another tack, I have just read that Bill Roache has been aquitted, seems that your comment that the women are never believed could be true.
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: Apologies, I was not dismissing your post as irrelevant more the 'how did they know the guy was canadian'. Agreed I hope they do find whoever did this, think I was probably more irate at the usual 'trolls' that stalk these forums[/p][/quote]Apologies accepted, I also hope they identify this person and get justice. On another tack, I have just read that Bill Roache has been aquitted, seems that your comment that the women are never believed could be true. Martin999

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