A courageous rape survivor who was assaulted as she slept – and whose attacker pounced on another person whereas out on bail – has opened up in a bid to assist different ladies.
Shannon Wooden has waived her proper to anonymity in an effort to share her story and urges victims of significant sexual assaults to go to police, as she did.
The 21-year-old was assaulted by Andrew Kane at a home in Drumchapel on February 23, 2020. She instantly reported the incident to police and Kane was arrested the subsequent day. He first appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on February 25 charged with rape.
Nevertheless, he was freed on bail and through that point attacked a second lady, on October 3.
Kane pled guilty to both rape charges and has now been remanded in custody, with sentencing to happen subsequent month.
Shannon hopes her story will assist encourage different survivors to report their crimes.
Talking to Glasgow Dwell about her ordeal, she stated: “I bear in mind I fell asleep on the sofa, and by that point everybody else had gone to mattress. Once I awakened, my leggings had been pulled down. I went straight to my finest good friend – it was her home I used to be in. She confronted him and he truly stated: ‘there was no manner she was asleep via the entire thing’.”
Shannon went straight to Police Scotland to report the incident, going via gruelling hours of proof and examinations.
“Earlier than that second, I hadn’t actually felt something in any respect,” she stated
“However that’s after I broke down, and went straight to the police station with my good friend. I wasn’t allowed to vary for a very long time, after which I received a change of garments and needed to give them those I used to be carrying. I wasn’t allowed to bathe and needed to go to the rape clinic at Sandyford. The entire thing took hours, I didn’t get house till about 2 within the morning.”
Following Kane’s conviction, Shannon stated she felt aid – however she is equally devastated that he was in a position to goal another person after her. Within the aftermath of the trial and conviction, Shannon has felt vital guilt for his different sufferer, in addition to disappointment within the system that allowed him to be launched on bail and goal another person.
“I really feel let down,” she stated. “In the event that they didn’t let him out on bail, he wouldn’t have performed the identical to the opposite lady. The system has failed us.”
Shannon stated she “misplaced all the pieces” within the aftermath of the assault.
“It’s affected everybody and all the pieces round me. It’s modified the best way I view males, which I don’t need in any respect,” she stated.
“I misplaced all the pieces. I misplaced my accomplice, who I used to be with for 3 and a half years. The pressure simply grew to become an excessive amount of. My psychological well being grew to become so poor, I needed to cease working. I had night time terrors, I used to be scared to be alone so I moved in with my finest good friend for 3 months. It affected the construction of my complete life.”
Simply over one 12 months on, Shannon is slowly rebuilding her life. She has begun a brand new job as a house carer for Glasgow City Council, and is now residing in her own residence.
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Nevertheless, she is going to “by no means return to being who [she] was” earlier than she was raped, and says that her hope now’s to vary the longer term for assault victims who’re scared to return ahead, in addition to stopping her attacker from putting once more.
“I’ve began to rebuild a few of the items of my life slowly, however it is going to by no means take again what occurred,” she stated.
“I’ll by no means return to being who I used to be earlier than. Although he’s been convicted, it is going to by no means undo what occurred to me. It’ll change issues for others, however not for me.”
Shannon continued: “I’m now again in my very own home and have began once more. I’m hoping to be able the place I really feel secure sufficient to reside alone once more, however I do know it gained’t be in a single day. There’ll all the time been these emotions, it’s so laborious.
“Final week I began working once more, and I’m glad to have that construction. It’s troublesome as a result of as a carer I am going into different individuals’s properties, which I wrestle with.
“It’s a tough job, however it’s price it.”
These going via extreme trauma like Shannon have confronted a brand new hurdle over the previous 12 months. The Covid-19 pandemic has created an enormous barrier in accessing remedy and different help networks, in addition to bodily separating individuals from their family members at a time once they want them most.
“I’ve not had entry to remedy due to covid,” Shannon stated.
“This previous 12 months has made all the pieces tougher, simply not with the ability to see my mates or have them round me for help.
“I simply don’t discover counselling over the cellphone has been as useful for me, I want to see somebody in particular person. After we’re allowed, I’ll undoubtedly be going to remedy and getting assist.”
A significant lifeline for Shannon has been the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, the place she has been a member on and off for a number of years. She describes them as invaluable to her restoration, giving her a “place to assist channel all my anger”.
She stated: “I’m so grateful for them – they received me via at a time when nobody else might. Nobody else might get via to me.
“I had a lot constructed up anger – at the one that did this, on the world, and at myself. I simply felt loads of anger, and harm and worry, and having the Thai Boxing Academy actually helped. They gave me a spot to assist channel all that anger and set free each different emotion.
“Alongside my mates – particularly my finest good friend – they’ve been the spine that received me via and confirmed me I wasn’t going to let what occurred maintain me again. They helped give me the power to speak in confidence to my family members.”
Shannon’s focus now’s encouraging different rape survivors to return ahead in an effort to finish the silence surrounding sexual assault – and work to make sure every crime ends in conviction.
Presently, lower than half of rape and tried rape trials finish in conviction in Scotland with the latest figures (2018-19) putting the quantity at simply 47%.
One in 5 rape trials in Scotland additionally end in Not Confirmed verdicts, in keeping with statistics launched by the Scottish Authorities in March 2020.
Talking to others, Shannon supplied her recommendation: “Simply don’t let this maintain you again. You don’t know the way massive an affect you may have if you communicate out after this has occurred to you.
“If I had by no means come ahead, would the opposite lady have come ahead as nicely? It’s placing it on the market, and that’s so necessary.
“My objective is that anybody that has gone via one thing remotely near this comes ahead – that manner nobody can ignore it and we are able to cease this from ever occurring to another person.”
If in case you have been affected by any of the problems mentioned on this article, help will be accessed at Rape Disaster Scotland by way of their helpline 08088 010302 or on their website,or contact Samaritans free anytime, 24/7, on 116 123.