A woman who was raped while she slept says she suffered night terrors and panic attacks which culminated in a suicide attempt.
The offender, 23-year-old Micah James Morgan Harris, admitted the offending and was jailed at the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.
The woman was aged 19 when she was raped as she slept by Harris.
She was not in court but was able to watch the sentencing session before Judge Tom Gilbert on video-link. Her victim impact statement was read in court by her sister.
The statement spoke of being bruised by the rape and the examinations afterwards being “intrusive and painful”. She had found the whole process traumatising and degrading, and suffered from flashbacks, night terrors, panic attacks, lack of sleep, and weight loss.
“I almost succeeded in taking my own life with an