Five months after filing a sexual assault complaint, it was a Dunedin woman, rather than her alleged assailant, who was on the dock.
Helen *, who the Otago Daily Times agreed not to identify, said she was extremely frustrated when police chose not to charge the man and she expressed her frustration on social media, naming the man concerned.
Days later, the woman in her 30s was charged under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, but yesterday in Dunedin District Court, which was amended on a less serious charge of misuse a phone.
She pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month conditional sentence by Judge David Robinson, meaning there would be no more sentence if she remained free of the offense.
While Helen admitted that she “got away with it lightly,” she said the way the police handled her complaint still upset her.
“It sucks not to be believed. It’s a really frustrating thing,” she said.
The defendant said she first met the man while he was dealing drugs, but more recently he got a job as a counselor.
She invited him to her home for a cup of coffee in October last year, needing “advice and wisdom” on the issues she was having with her children.
But Helen said during their conversation the man made an ambiguous comment and then appeared very confused when she couldn’t follow the thread.
“It was just a weird experience,” she said.
Shortly after, she said she had shown him to the door but before he could exit the man allegedly gestured towards the bedroom.
Helen, confused as to whether it was a sex pass or an invitation to use drugs, declined both counts, but before the man left, a- she said, he sexually assaulted her.
When she went to the police, she realized the odds were stacked against her.
“There was no one in the house to prove otherwise. It was his word against mine,” said Helen.
“Hold the Bible, I know what happened.”
A month after approaching the police, he was told there would be no prosecution.
She said she posted the big “rant” on Facebook in March while she was drunk.
“It’s hard to come to terms with reality but it is what it is, and I just know the Lord loves righteousness,” Helen wrote after detailing the sex claim for her friends and followers.
Although determined to move on, she remained unhappy with the way the police handled the complaint and worried about how they handled her in relation to other matters.
She said she plans to bring her concerns about the situation to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-18 20:43:34