This Is What It Is Like To Speak Before Your Former Partner Is Sentenced For Your Rape
Katie — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — sat waiting in a small room at Parramatta Local Court on Friday, breathing in slowly, preparing to read her victim impact statement.
Just outside the room, their conversation almost audible, sat the family members of her former partner Andrew Bennett, who was about to be sentenced for her rape.
Bennett, 33, was charged with two counts of rape in February 2017, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was cleared of one count and convicted of the other by a jury in October this year.
All of Katie’s loved ones were interstate where she now lives, but she spoke to her boyfriend, who had to work on Friday, over the phone.