YEP Says (Jan 30): Katy's battle is highlighting the work of centre

NOW that her evil Maoist cult leader father Aravindan Balakrishnan is, thankfully, behind bars, it is particularly poignant that Katy Morgan-Davies should be looking to rebuild her life in Leeds.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 30th January 2016, 8:04 am
Updated Saturday, 30th January 2016, 8:09 am
Katy Morgan-Davis. PIC: Simon Hulme
Katy Morgan-Davis. PIC: Simon Hulme

Effectively held prisoner for three decades, she clung to the dream of having a Yorkshire accent because of books like The Secret Garden which were a lifeline and salvation while she changed her name by deed poll to Katy because of the Katy Perry song Roar about a woman finding her voice.

Yet, while she was denied her voice for so long by her sinister and evil father, her eloquence is quite remarkable.

It is striking that her spirit never wavered during what was a pitiful existence.

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In forgiving her father for his crimes against human decency, the 32-year-old drew inspiration from the example set by the late Nelson Mandela, who says prisoners will never be truly free if they cling onto any lingering bitterness.

And she can be assured of the support of the Yorkshire charity Palm Cove which helps victims of violence.

Though this is, thankfully, an extreme example, this heart-wrenching and cruel story of betrayal can only help raise the profile of such rehabilitation centres and their valuable and enduring importance to our society.