More than two years after I was violently raped by a man I knew, after being ignored and let down by both the police and other organisations, I chose to name my abuser on social media. Known as rape shaming, when victims of sexual assaults publicly out their abusers, it is becoming more and more common. A man I knew, who I considered a friend, invited me to his apartment in Sydney to hang out, eat pizza and have a drink. He kissed me. We started having consensual sex, but it quickly turned violent.
When I was raped, I did everything a victim is supposed to do. I went to the hospital and had a doctor put together a rape kit. I went to the police only a week later to report what I had happened. I identified my assailant and gave a detailed account of what happened. I also complained to the political party he worked for and provided evidence of my assault. And yet nothing happened. My rapist has still not been interviewed to this day, and is free to abuse others.
But what has brought almost as much pain as the violent abuse I was subjected to that night is how the institutions that claim to care about violence against women let me down when I reported what happened to me. I met the man who raped me only a couple of months after I moved to Sydney. I didn’t know very many people in the city and he was friendly, both online and off. I considered us friends, and he was a member of the NSW Greens and other progressive circles people I knew were a part of.
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