Rape victim told court she wants to ‘burn her skin off’ to rid herself of abuser’s touch


A rape victim told a court she wants to ‘burn her skin off’ to rid herself of her abuser’s touch.

The woman had crashed out on a sofa at a party but after people left to buy more drink Mark Marchant picked her up and took her down to a bedroom.

He then forced himself on her and when she regained consciousness due to the pain, Marchant pulled her towards him and attempted to have consensual sex.

Marchant, 37, of Cardiff, denied wrongdoing but was convicted of rape following the incident in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Judge Mark Horton jailed him for eight years at Bristol Crown Court.

He told Marchant: “This was a predatory attack on a vulnerable and much younger female when you were under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.”

The judge told Marchant to register as a sex offender for life and barred him from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Speaking behind a screen, the victim read a letter she wrote to Marchant.

She said: “You are my rapist. I feel like I want to take my skin off, burn it off.

I feel sad, angry and alone.

“You didn’t just take my body, you took me. Everything reminds me of what you did to me. I don’t understand or know why you did what you did.”

David Maunder, defending, said: “He is well aware of the acute seriousness he finds himself in. He is aware if the inevitable consequences of the jury’s verdict.

“There’s no doubt that will be a personal catastrophe for him. One might say that is his fault.”


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