Attorney General: I was gang raped when I was 20 and you've delayed compensation 6 years – please don't make me suffer any longer
This is very hard for me to talk about. I was gang raped in 2008 by three men. I was 20 years old. They took turns raping me on the banks of a river – then dumped me at a servo.
The men went to jail. But it plunged my life into a living hell. The nightmares and flashbacks still terrify me.
I've paid through the nose for psychological help to recover. But because the government still hasn't paid my victims of crime compensation – 6 years since being raped – it's meant I've been in debt and had to borrow money from friends and family just to get help.
They've been "processing" it since I was raped in 2008. And now to add insult to injury – I've found out the government have changed the rules on me while I waited. They've now refused to pay my application as they'd promised after I was raped.
In 2013 they retrospectively changed the legislation to cut the amount of compensation and support for gang rape victims like me. Even though I was raped back in 2008, spent years submitting documents and done everything they've asked for, now they've cut the support they'd promised by over half.
I don't understand why they're doing this to me. I can't fully move on because the government won't finalise my case. Now I just want this to all be over, to have closure on this and be able to get the ongoing help I need to recover.
I was too terrified to be named in the news reports at the time, but this is the story about me from 2008. In it the police say they were worried about the "seriousness and impact" this attack would have; doctors agreed – but the government refuse to listen. http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-woman-gang-raped/story-e6freuzi-1111116132723
I can't even describe how horrific being gang-raped was - it will haunt me forever, but what's even worse is the toll it's taken on my life - I'm broke, I've had to pay huge amounts of money to get treatment. If I can't get support, then they will have not only made me suffer personally, but also have put me in a position impossible to work my way out of.
I'm not the only person this is happening to, but I am probably the first to speak up about it.
Please help me convince the Attorney General to pay the victims of crime support they promised after men viciously gang raped me in 2008.
- NSW Opposition Leader
- Premier Mike Baird
- Brad Hazzard MP - Attorney General
- Brad Hazzard MP
- NSW Leader of the Opposition
This is very hard for me to talk about.
I was gang raped in 2008 by three men. I was 20 years old. It was after being with family and friends, and the nightmares and flashbacks from what happened still terrify me.
I've been waiting 5 years since I was raped for the government to finish "processing" the victims of crime support. Now unbelievably – they've retrospectively changed the legislation which means the help for me to recover has been cut.
I was too terrified to be named in the news reports at the time, but this is the story about me from back in 2008: http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-woman-gang-raped/story-e6freuzi-1111116132723
I've been trying so hard to get my life back on track. The attack ruined my life and I'm still not the same. I've been paying through the nose for psychologists, and at times I've had to borrow money from friends and family just to get help.
Police were worried about the "seriousness and impact" the attack would have on me, and the government's psychologists agreed. The criminal case sent the perpetrators to jail (for a short amount of time). But the government says because I applied under the "old scheme" I'm now not eligible for the level of support offered when I was raped and applied for help.
No amount of money can change what happened, but is it really fair to underpay a victim of such a horrific crime because they retrospectively changed legislation 5 years after the incident and application for compensation?
I just want this to all be over, to have closure on this and be able to get the ongoing help I need to recover. But the government are putting me through hell for asking for the help they'd originally offered.
It makes me wonder if the government cares at all about victims of violent crimes or rape at all. In my case, they're turning their back on help they had once promised. I'm not the only person this is happening to, but I am probably the first to speak up about it.
Please stop the delays and pay the victims of crime compensation as it was in 2008 when the crime was committed and I applied for it – so I can finally put this all behind me.
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