Would you speak out? Sunderland rape victim appeals to others to come forward

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“DON’T let them get away with it” – The heartfelt plea of a rape victim, who has spoken about her horrific ordeal in a bid to get other women to come forward.

That is the heartfelt plea of a rape victim, who has spoken about her horrific ordeal in a bid to get other women to come forward.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, last week saw her attacker, Richard Cromarty, jailed for 10 years after he admitted raping her four times on Wearside.

She said: “Justice has been done. If you let them get away with it, they will never stop. I hope that by speaking, others will stop going through as much trauma as me.”

Describing the 46-year-old’s behaviour as “worse than an animal’s”, the woman, who recorded Cromarty’s attacks on her phone before handing it to police, added: “If I can do it, then anybody else can.

“Now he’s off the streets, no harm can be done to anybody else.

“I want to say to all women that they should phone the police.”

The woman’s plea comes after MP George Galloway’s controversial comments on the rape claims made against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The Respect member rubbished the rape accusation, saying having sex with a woman while she is asleep – one of the claims made against him – is not rape.

Cromarty’s victim said: “To me, that is rape. It must be something both want, so both must be awake.”

Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after being granted political asylum by the country.

The UK Government has said he will not be given safe passage to the Latin American country and wants to extradite him to Sweden.

Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Women in Need, which supported the victim through her ordeal, said: “He’s an absolutely vile man. He’s a disgrace to Parliament and he’s a disgrace to our democracy.”

Clare also urged women who are subjected to abuse to seek help.

“In Sunderland, there will have been women raped this weekend and they can talk to us or talk to the police,” she said.

“We are here for them for the long-term. They can come back or ring at any time and we understand it takes a long time to recover.

“If they don’t want to take it to court or report it, then they can still come to us and we will help.”

For advice on dealing with rape and domestic violence, phone Wearside Women in Need’s 24-hour helpline can be called on 0800 066 5555.

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