Rape victim: ‘I thought I was going to die’
A 24-year-old woman says she was raped by her roommate’s boyfriend in September 2017.
“It was like an accident,” she said.
“I don’t know what was going on.”
In the aftermath of the incident, the woman was treated for an infection, was left with a fractured eye socket, and is unable to work due to complications from the infection.
But the woman says the trauma of her ordeal has only increased her desire to take action.
“My life was just completely wrecked,” she told CBC News.
“You know, I was a really good student, I’m really good with computers and I was able to do all this stuff, but when you’re a victim of rape and you’re not allowed to speak, then that’s just heartbreaking.”
The woman said she feels betrayed by the system, and believes the province’s reforms will only hurt victims like her.
“We need to have the best system in the world, and we’re going to get it, and it’s going to be better,” she added.
“But if we’re not going to take responsibility for that, then we’re just going to keep making excuses for the other side.”
It’s a sentiment echoed by other rape victims, who also say the changes won’t stop the epidemic.
“There’s a lot of people who are going to say this is just going away,” said one victim.
“They’re not saying it’s gonna disappear or that it’s just going down.
That it’s not going away.
That the system will always be there and the system is always going to happen.”
As of Tuesday, the province is still investigating the sexual assault of a 15-year, 11-year old boy.
The provincial government is recommending the charges be laid and that the man’s name be released, but there’s no timetable for that.