A woman who was abused so badly as a child that she developed 2,500 personalities wailed in horror as she re-visited the home where her father damaged her forever.
Jeni Haynes, 49, was horrifically raped by her father Richard from the age of four to 14 at their home in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Ms Haynes developed an ‘army’ of personalities each with their own voices, memories and characteristics as a way of coping with her ordeal.
During a landmark trial in February, she was allowed to testify against her father using several of her personalities – but he cracked after just two hours and changed his plea to guilty.
In harrowing police footage aired last night on 60 Minutes, Ms Haynes howled and cried as she relived her nightmare to show officers where she was savagely tortured.
Jeni Haynes, 49, was horrifically raped by her father Richard (pictured) from the age of four to 14 at their home in Sydney’s western suburbs
In another section of the footage, the 49-year-old shows police around her father’s bedroom. She breathes deeply to compose herself before saying: ‘And this is where he made me get on the end of the bed and I was raped by him.’
Finally, she takes officers the laundry room. She points to a washing machine and says: ‘The twin tub where he raped me endlessly.’
‘Oh my god, deep breath, you can do this,’ she told herself as she took officers into her father’s old workroom.
‘Okay… it’s the same,’ she said pointing to a wooden bench where she was abused.
‘The bench?’ a detective asked.
‘The bench is the same,’ said Ms Haynes.
In another section of the footage, the 49-year-old showed police around her father’s bedroom.
She breathed deeply to compose herself before saying: ‘And this is where he made me get on the end of the bed and I was raped by him.’
Ms Haynes then took officers into a small shed at the property. She scanned her eyes around the room and said: ‘This is possibly one of the most terrifying rooms in the universe.’
Finally, she took them the laundry room. She pointed to a washing machine and said: ‘The twin tub where he raped me endlessly.’
Ms Haynes (pictured) developed an ‘army’ of personalities each with their own voices, memories and characteristics as a way of coping with her abuse
The footage was taken by officers during their investigation before charging Haynes.
Ms Haynes, who gave police a 900,000 word statement recounting her abuse, had multiple surgeries to reconstruct her coccyx, bowels and anus after the brutal assaults.
She developed her personalities to protect her while she was abused – and she can summon them upon request.
Ms Haynes created a girl called Symphony when she was four – and this was the personality she would take on when she was raped.
Other personalities include an eight-year-old boy named Little Ricky and a teenager named Muscles.
‘My dad inflicted, chose to inflict, severe, sadistic, violent abuse that was completely unavoidable, inescapable and life threatening and he chose to do this every day of my entire childhood,’ Ms Haynes said.
A a child victim of sex abuse, Ms Haynes was given the chance to remain anonymous during court proceedings.
But if she did so her father would also have remained anonymous, so Ms Haynes made the brave choice to take the story public.
She said she wanted her father to go to jail with ‘everyone knowing what he did’.
The personalities include a four-year-old girl called Symphony, the personality abused by her father, and an eight-year-old boy named Little Ricky. Pictured: Ms Haynes
As they prepared for trial, Ms Haynes agreed with her legal team how she would present her personalities during her testimony.
When she was asked a question, the character who knew the answer would ‘come out and say it.’
Richard Haynes was extradited from the United Kingdom in February 2017 to face a judge-only trial after being charged over the decade of abuse.
The allegations were so serious it was feared a jury could be left psychologically traumatised.
Ms Haynes testified in the personality of Symphony for two hours before Haynes changed his plea and stopped the trial.
She believes this is because he did not want the world to hear her full testimony, to hear what he had done to her.
Richard Haynes pleaded guilty to 25 counts of rape, buggery and indecent assault at the Sydney home in the 1970s and 1980s.
In a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night, Ms Haynes admitted she never realised having multiple voices inside her head was considered abnormal.
‘I didn’t know that you’re only supposed to have one personality,’ she said.
Almost 90 per cent of Multiple Personality Disorder cases, now more commonly referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder, involve some form of trauma or abuse.
It is often thought of as a coping mechanism for victims to disconnect, distance or separate themselves from the trauma.
‘Jeni was born and my father started to abuse her. An alter was created who came to take dad’s abuse so Jenny didn’t have to,’ Ms Haynes previously said.
Ms Haynes (pictured right) was brutally abused by her father (pictured centre) from the age of four to 14 and required reconstructive surgery for the damage done to her
‘ “Symphony” intended to testify in court for the whole thing. When my father raped Jennifer Haynes he raped ‘Symphony’. He pleaded guilty because he was scared to death of hearing ‘Symphony’ testify about everything he did to her.’
Ms Haynes, who now lives in Queensland, said the other egos came along after the abuse became too difficult for ‘Symphony’ to deal with.
‘It’s not an act of mental illness or playing silly games, pretending to be other people,’ Jeni told Liz Hayes.
‘You are protecting yourself. You are protecting your soul, and that’s what I did.’
After her father pleaded guilty, a relieved Ms Haynes told reporters she was stunned but thrilled her father had ‘owned up’ to what he’d done.
‘The guilty plea is my father admitting everything he did and I could not be happier,’ she said.
Ms Haynes said she wanted her father to face her in court because he’d previously thought of her as ‘not real’.
‘I am a blow-up doll… and today he had to face the blow-up doll and I hope he enjoyed every minute of it,’ she said.
Ms Haynes urged other child victims to come forward and issued a warning to their abusers.
‘Children remember,’ she said.
‘We will tell and we will put you in a courtroom… and you will go to jail.’
Haynes will be sentenced on May 31.
Jeni Haynes expressed her relief to reporters when she left a Sydney court after her father Richard pleaded guilty to 25 counts of rape, buggery and indecent assault in February