A victim of sexual abuse has said SLOT she cannot heal with her attacker now living back in her community.
Despite being told she would not see the man when he left prison because he was housebound due to his poor health, Leah Walker was "devastated" when she bumped into him at a supermarket.
"I was reassured I wouldn't see my abuser - then I saw him in Sainsbury's and it shook me to my core," she said.
The Ministry of Justice has been asked to comment.
Leah, 32, was sexually abused from the age of seven through to adulthood. Her abuser was jailed in 2017 for 25 counts of indecent and sexual assault.
She was finally starting to heal when he was released into the community having served half of his six-year sentence.
"They reassured me that he's of such ill health that he won't be out of his home. But he's still really close to me - I was absolutely devastated," said Leah, who has waived her right to anonymity.
Within a few months, she bumped into him while food shopping.
"I feel like back when I was a child and I wasn't listened to, it was brushed under the carpet - this is how I'm feeling again.
"I've voiced my concerns and let them know that I'm really not happy and I'm not comfortable with him being there and they reassured me that I won't see him - but I did."