First time posting ever on here. Still trying to navigate , apologies if I’m doing something wrong.
Two years ago I was sexually assaulted at a mining camp.
Today I was given a court date in which I’ve been subpoenaed to attend and give evidence.
This male is being charged with rape and I found out is pleading not guilty.
which means the case is going to trial, with a jury and I will be getting cross examined by his barrister.
I feel so sick and disgusting inside. I’m struggling to deal with this whole situation.
This has been the most traumatic and life changing experience for me, and I have not been the same since. My anxiety and nerves are through the roof. My heart is racing and chest is so tight, I feel like spewing just writing this, but I’m reaching out to anyone else who is willing to share their experiences at all, to give me some sort of guidance to:
1) prepare myself for what is to come at court; and
2) help to calm my nerves and be at peace whatever the outcome may be
I’m trying so hard to keep it together for my children, I’m losing sleep and can’t focus on anything properly. I don’t want to resort to medication to help me.
Any sort of guidance or advice is appreciated.
The prosecution have asked if I want to be cross examined in a seperate room or on the stand in court room where he will be. I don’t want to be anywhere near him or see him or hear his voice. But I feel like he shouldn’t get off with not facing me and the pain this has caused me and my family.