A mother and father in Brazil have discovered heart-breaking sketches drawn by their 5-year-old girl showing how she was allegedly sexually abused by a priest.
DailymailUK reports that the parents had taken her to a child psychologist after she became withdrawn and refused to attend any more of her English classes taken by 54-year-old Father Joao da Silva. It was the psychologist that suspected sexual abuse and urged her parents to search their child's room for any signs.
To their utmost shock, they found six heartbreaking drawings by their daughter detailing the sexual abuse, hidden in one of her books. One drawing shows a man apparently looming over a child who has a look of abject terror on her face. Another harrowing image apparently shows a girl lying on a bed with a man forcing himself between her legs. Underneath him the picture appears to show the girl screaming in either fear or agony.
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Father Joao da Silva is said to have admitted the attack after the child's furious father confronted him in the city of Montes Claros, in Minas Gerais in Brazil. When the father confronted the priest in a phone call, he told police, the cleric confessed to him.
Karine Maia, from the Delegation for Stopping Crimes Against Women pressure group, told local media: 'We found six drawings among the child's belongings.'
Police say the priest is in custody being interviewed over child abuse allegations.