'Most depraved' member of 'incest family' found living with brother again
Two members of the Colt clan, the incestuous Australian family that shocked the nation, have been found living together after being separated. The Colts were a family of immigrants from New Zealand who moved to New South Wales, in Australia in the 1970s. They lived in a remote, rural part of the bush, in a tumbledown farm.
This seclusion would disguise the full horror and depravity of what went on behind closed doors. In 2012, it had been discovered that the 40-member-strong Colts had been engaged in four generations of incest, beginning with Tim and June Colt (pseudonyms to protect their true identities) who originally emigrated. Social services first became aware of the family in 2010, and once they had gathered enough evidence that children were being neglected, they raided the house and uncovered something one cop described as "like nothing I've ever seen."
Children and adults alike had reportedly regularly been engaging in sexual acts with each other, and many of the youngest children had been born with deformities. They had no access to running water or hygiene facilities, lived in huts and tents, and many suffered from fungal infections and illnesses as a result of the dirty and squalid conditions. The eldest Colts were arrested, and charged with incest and child neglect. The Children's Court of New South Wales ruled to separate the Colts, and in their final statement determined: "There is no realistic possibility of restoration of any of the children [to their biological family]."
Now Martha Colt, whose five children were all the result of incest, has been found living with her brother Charlie. NSW Police child protection squad detectives discovered that the pair were sleeping together in Griffith, in the Riverlands region of South Australia and in Western Australia’s Avon Valley. on April 15 this year. Despite all this, the Colts are not expected to face a trial until 2019 at the earliest date.
Commenting on the case, Julie Aganoff, a Queensland psychologist and expert in family trauma and child abuse cases, stated: "Incest is actually not that uncommon. And in time, across the world, cases like this one are not unheard of either. It’s only because victims are so reluctant to come forward that we think they’re rare. I see people in their 30s, and in their 50s and 60s who have never talked about their abuse before. I’m often the first person they’ve discussed it with and a lot of that is to do with shame and stigma."
If you or anyone else you know has suffered as a result of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, or has been neglected as a minor, then please know that you are not alone. There is no shame in admitting that you have been hurt. If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this article then please don't hesitate to visit the official website of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.