Brave little girl brings down sick child rapist

THE courage shown by a girl who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a direct family member has secured a nine-year prison sentence for her abuser.

A 45-year-old Nambour man was this month sentenced to nine years in jail for maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child, and ten other charges, including three counts of rape, indecent treatment, carnal knowledge and possessing child exploitation material.

The man can not be named to protect the identity of his victim, a girl younger than 16 years old.

Sunshine Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit officer-in-charge Phil Hurst said the girl's courage in coming forward was the reason her abuser was able to be locked up.

"It's only with the assistance and the courage shown by the victims that we are able to obtain convictions," he said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Hurst said it was never too late for victims of child sex abuse to come forward.

"There is no time limit," he said.

"We will investigate every complaint that comes forward.

"We do have specialist investigators that are trained to investigate these types of crime."

He said it was vital to protect children, the most vulnerable members of society, from those that would prey upon them.

If you or someone you know has suffered sexual abuse report it to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Victims of child sexual abuse who need support can phone Bravehearts on 1800 272 831, or Lifeline on 13 11 14.