August 19, 2013 - 7:12 PM
PLENTY OF FISH LEADS TO SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
KAMLOOPS - A former Kamloops woman only reported an alleged rape by someone she met online after her roommate told her 'it was not OK.'
Even then, she did so anonymously through the Sexual Assault Centre in Kamloops.
"They passed the report along to RCMP," she said today in B.C. Supreme Court.
Defence lawyer Don Campbell wondered why she waited three months to report the incident to police.
"I just thought it was a hook-up gone wrong," she reported to police back in 2011.
The 33-year-old woman, whose name is protected by a court ban, explained today in B.C. Supreme Court how a man she met on the website Plentyoffish.com in February 2011 allegedly took a sexual encounter in their casual, physical relationship too far. She said she didn't think to report the incident until an emotional response she had when her roommate grabbed her neck weeks after. That's when she said she had realized what happened and went to the centre for help.
Tyler Abear, a Kamloops security guard, faces one count of sexual assault after an alleged incident in June 2011 in Kamloops. The woman testified today that Abear sexually assaulted her and photographed it after a keg party in the early hours of June 12, 2011.
She said Abear forced anal sex on her after they had been engaged in consensual oral and vaginal sex.
Campbell said during cross-examination of the woman that she actually gave consent to the anal sex as well, telling him to 'be gentle.' He said her motive involved the graphic photographs taken by Abear.
He said she tried to get the pictures back or deleted to no avail.
"It becomes clear to you that there's a real risk he's not going to give (the photographs) to you," Campbell said. "That's why you go to the Sexual Assault Centre, that's why you go to the police - because you're angry about that."
"I can 100 per cent guarantee that I never gave permission," she said. "I went to (the centre) to get emotional support."
The trial is expected to continue this week.
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—This story was edited at 6:40 p.m. to include cross examination evidence.
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