By AKIRA KATO
A 24-year-old Polish nanny deliberately drove her car into the path of a truck to take her life after being raped while walking in a Brisbane park, the Brisbane District Court was told last month.
The victim died three months after being violently attacked by Travis Alexander Manwarring, 31, in November 2016.
Prosecutor Steve Kissick told the court the rape was a horrendous physical act of violence.
“It is my submission that this court can find that her death was a result of suicide,” he said.
The Brisbane District Court heard the victim did not leave a suicide note.
Manwarring, who was convicted after a four-day trial, will be sentenced at a later date. Prosecutors have asked that he be ordered to serve 16 years in jail.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 26,312 victims have been recorded for rape and related offences in 2018.
An Australian Psychological Society report found that one third to half of rape victims suffer from acute post-traumatic stress disorder within three months of the crime.
The report also showed that the disorder can become chronic, causing significant distress for years after the rape.
Especially during this quarantine time, the World Health Organisation warns that children and women are more at risk of sexual abuse due to the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services.
Social isolation allows perpetrators to employ grooming strategies, which exacerbates the victimisation risk.
If you are impacted by sexual assault, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit the website for online chat.
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