Commissioner Ian Stewart: Send my rapist to prison
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Many people are blissfully unaware of the consequences of rape for the victim. These people are sheltered from the horrific reality that faces sexual abuse victims in Queensland.
When I was 12 years old I was raped by an 18-year-old male in a public bathroom in a secluded area. Disgusted, ashamed, unclean; I began having severe mental health issues that continue to dictate my everyday life. Clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bulimia and suicidal tendencies are now a 'normal' part of my life. I ran away at 14 years old for 3 days and spent 3 years in a specialised child and youth mental health treatment centre for children with severe issues. It was here that I was diagnosed with clinical depression, bulimia, anxiety and suicidal tendencies and put on strong anti-depressant medication to provide some stability.
My family and I all entered therapy and my parents learnt how to effectively parent my unpredictable and turbulent nature due to my mental illness.
I knew that the thing that had upset my life so violently had all but slipped from my rapists' mind. In early 2017, I learnt that my rapist was jailed for rape/sexual assault to a minor and had been released. In June 2017, I met another girl who had fallen victim to his disturbing sexual urges: she had been sexually assaulted at 14.
I have been robbed of my chance to have a normal life. I am struggling with school and my once-bright future has now dimmed. I dreamed of becoming a marine biologist, but now, most days, I cannot get out of bed due to extreme anxiety, thoughts of suicide and depression.
To all Queensland Members of Parliament and members of the Queensland Police Force: my rapist has shown disturbing patterns of rape and sexual assault of minors. He clearly feels no remorse for his actions and is a danger to other young girls in society. I do not want other vulnerable young girls to fall victim to the same predatory man that I was abused by. It is your responsibility to protect innocent children from predators like this. Please do not release him.
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