Trigger warning: This post deals with rape and sexual abuse, so may be triggering for some readers.
Michele* is 44 years old.
She’s a mother, a wife, and after one Friday night, she also became the survivor of rape.
Telling her story to news.com.au, Michele reveals the horrific details about the event that completely changed her life one night in a small coastal town in Australia.
Michele had just been looking forward to night out with her friends – away from the kids and her partner.
She remembers being at the pub when a group of men approached her friends to buy them drinks. They refused, but one kept persisting with her.
Is rape a male or female issue? We have a very clear opinion. (Post continues after video.)
She had very little interaction with him, she told news.com.au. But she remembers him giving her a drink, which she assumes she consumed.
Michele then continued onto a nightclub with one of her sons and his friends, planning to have one more drink.
There, she remembers seeing some men who looked “vaguely familiar” but much of the traumatic night is blurred for Michele. She can’t remember having particular drinks, and has been forced to connect the dots or guess at what she thinks happens.
Her son saw two men near her when she said she was getting a taxi home. Then, everything is a blank until she woke up in a hotel room.”
She was lying naked on a bed, surrounded by naked men. They repeatedly penetrated and sexually assaulted her. As they raped her, she fell in out and consciousness, the result of being drugged. She was rendered unable to speak or try to defend herself from their vicious attacks.
"I was unable to move."