The Evidence of Jarryd Haynes Victim of Sexual Assault
Hayne had been in Newcastle for the weekend and caught a cab to the woman’s house on the way back to Sydney. He made the taxi wait outside and told the driver to get a bag. When the woman discovered the cab was waiting, she was devastated and thought Hayne was a “slut” who viewed her as an object.
“I felt like he only came here for one thing,” the woman said. “I felt sad and stupid for flirting with him in the beginning.
“I said, ‘No way am I going to have sex with him, no way’ … he obviously has an idea in mind.
“He wanted to kiss me and touch me and stuff like that, but I knew there was a cab waiting in front of him for 20 minutes and I didn’t want to. He pushed my face down and stripped off my clothes and I’m not sure if he bit me or cut me or whatever he did but I said “don’t no I don’t want to”. And then I was bleeding everywhere.”
“He Tore My Vagina”
In messages to her friend shortly after Hayne left, the woman said he was “so rough it got blood all over the bed from tearing my vagina.” She said she’s “so scared when I need to go to the bathroom.”
The woman told the court she had a history of health problems and was concerned the wound would become infected.
“I remember looking at my body like that, I don’t know — I just remember feeling like shit,” the woman said.
“I’m too scared to report it”
The woman told her friend she was afraid to report what Hayne did because “he would have the money to ruin me” and “the last thing I need is my life out in the open.”
Unbeknownst to her, a relative told Nine journalist Danny Weidler and the NRL Integrity Unit about the incident. “I was pretty angry that he did it behind my back,” she said.
Though she had reservations, she spoke to NRL integrity officer Karyn Murphy and then to police.
“I am destroyed and damaged, but I still stand”
When Hayne was first convicted, the woman stood up in Newcastle District Court and said the experience had “devastated and damaged her” leaving her unable to work or study at university. “But I’m still standing,” she said.
The woman said the attack took away her privacy and made her question her own worth.
“People talk about my vagina, my choices, and they’re happy to give their opinions based on what they’ve heard, and that’s the most helpless feeling,” she said.
“You don’t owe anyone your body, nor should they expect it. No matter what happened before or after the attack, no matter who he was or what he did, no means no.”
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