The date started well. There were drinks at the local pub, hours of talking, laughter. But by the end of the night Kat had been brutally attacked.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Victorian woman Kat Berry has shared the horrific story of being raped by a man she met via dating app, Plenty of Fish, in October last year. Accompanying the tale are shocking pictures of her battered, bruised body.
“It was fun, but there was nothing sexual there,” the 31-year-old wrote. “Until I decided I’d had way too much to drink and I needed to go to bed. That’s when he got violent.”
The confronting photographs show the visible damage done to her arms, neck, collar bone and breasts. But that was just the beginning.
"What no one knows is of what scars I have under my boobs, around my vagina, my clitoris, or the internal damage done," Kat wrote.
The Bendigo woman reported the crime to the police, but said there was little they could do - her attacker had given a false name, changed his number and deleted his profile on the app.
"I had no proof to show he had done it to me," Kat told The Daily Mail. "There was no DNA because he had used a condom."
Kat claims that the man had two other victims, but escaped a conviction in a Queensland court.
"It’s scary to know what some people are capable of," she told The Daily Mail. "He came across as a friendly tradie. He didn't seem like that type of person."
And that's precisely why she decided to share her story, to warn other single women to approach blind dating with caution.
"Just please be aware, and just.be.f**king.careful," she wrote. "Please."