Parent of alleged sex abuse victim speaks out

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19)--The parent of a child who alleges a relative raped her repeatedly last year, is speaking out.

The mother of the 7-year-old victim asked that FOX19 not reveal her identity. Her daughter says David Reed raped her for several months last year.

A Butler County grand jury indicted Reed on 3 counts of rape earlier this month.

"I never thought in a million years he would do anything like this," said the mother.

The woman says Reed told her daughter to keep quiet.

"I asked my daughter, why didn't you say something, and mommy could have--this would have never happened. He threatened my daughter with a gun. He threatened her and said he would kill her, and kill us all," said the mother.

Reed is out of the Butler County Detention center on bond. He'll be back in court for a pretrial hearing in April.

The victim's mother says she hopes that by speaking out she can help others. The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network says 93% of the child victims of sexual abuse know their attacker.

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