74-year-old rape victim: My heart is bleeding with shock

“I can’t stop screaming inside. My heart is bleeding with shock....I feel ripped open stood naked to the core of my being, reduced to nothing. I feel so hollowed out.” Those were the words of a 74-year-old woman raped by a 24-year-old man “who could be my grandson” in September 2014.

Anthony Hussey broke into his victim’s home wearing a balaclava and dressed in dark clothing. When she found him in her bedroom she tried to struggle with him but he pushed her to the floor before raping her both vaginally and anally.

Hussey, of Ardshillane, Sneem, told her afterwards “you enjoyed that didn’t you”.

Yesterday the woman read a victim impact statement before the Central Criminal Court.

She said after the rape she was sobbing uncontrollably like a small child, “broken, terrorised, waiting for my death”.

“How can he behave with such brutality? A woman three times his age. He could be my grandson,” she said. “This phantom out of the darkness, standing in front of me demanding sex. I had no option but to fight.

“My feeble attempts to push him away. I was too weak or clumsy to defend myself, which seemed to amuse him. He started mocking me. When I pulled at his balaclava he said “ah you want to see my face now”.

She said the day will come when she will walk to the top of her hill, “stand tall, lift up my arms to the sky and scream, scream for all those children and women who have been abused and who can’t cry out in despair, those who had to suffer in silence”.


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