Holiday appeal for child rape victim
The Local · 9 Feb 2016, 13:39
Published: 09 Feb 2016 13:39 GMT+01:00
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The youngster, who comes from a single-parent family, lives with his 43-year-old mother, Dunja (not her real name), and four siblings and has been so traumatised by his ordeal that he cries every night and cannot sleep without medication.
But after the mother gave an exclusive interview to local newspaper Heute, the publication was flooded with requests from people who wanted to help, and now, after speaking to his mother, they have agreed to try and raise enough money to send him on a holiday - which is apparently his biggest dream.
The newspaper is hoping to raise enough to pay for the entire family to go away, which will be the first time Goran (not his real name) and his siblings have had a proper holiday.
A lifeguard had immediately called an ambulance after the boy went to him in floods of tears, while the alleged Iraqi rapist was so unconcerned by what he had done that he had not even left the swimming pool. He was jumping off the three-metre diving board when police arrived and arrested him.
The migrant had entered the country through the Balkans on September 13th, official records show, and said he could not help himself as he had an "excess of sexual energy". His own wife and children, he said, are back in Iraq.
Dunja, who arrived in Austria herself as an immigrant from Serbia during the Civil War that saw the breakup of former Yugoslavia, said she had always taught her five children to offer the same hospitality to new arrivals that she had herself received.
She said: "I now regret that."
Dunja said her blood boiled when she heard the Iraqi man justify the rape, which left the boy hospitalised, by say it was an excess of sexual energy.
She said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard that. I come from Serbia, and I spent five years living in a Caritas home together with people from many different nations. You certainly can't call me a racist, but to try and defend himself in that way is just monstrous. It's like me saying I'm going to go to a bank tomorrow and rob it because I don't have enough money for my five children."
The shocking story came to light over the weekend despite happening at the start of December, where police decided not to release the details to the public in order to protect the rights of the boy.
Dunja, 43, said: "I am a single mother, so we always struggle with money. But my son loves swimming so much that on December 2nd I gave him €3 so he could go to the local Theresienbad swimming pool (in the Meidling district of Vienna).
"He was so happy at having the money, and after school went there straight away so I wasn't expecting him back home immediately. Three hours after school finished, I got a phone call from him and he was crying into the phone. I couldn't understand a word he said, but then somebody came on the phone and told me: 'Please come straight away, your child has been sexually assaulted.’"
She said that she had rushed there straight away and was destroyed when she looked through a glass window and saw her crying child sitting in a room with a man in swimming trunks who had handcuffs on. She said her sister was with her, and the police had to stop her from attacking the man straight away.
The man had been in the swimming pool with a 15-year-old boy who was in some way connected to the man that attacked her son, and her son had been talking to the teenager. Through the teenager, the boy had been introduced to the man, and when he later went to the cabin the man knocked on the door.
Dunja said: "I always taught my children to be helpful, and he thought the man wanted help with something. He then forced himself into the cabin. I always taught my children to offer help, now I have to say I regret that."
She said that despite therapy from a victim support group, her son cries himself to sleep every night and could not close his eyes without taking antidepressants. She said that he tried not to let her see him crying, and would turn away when she came into the room.
She added: "I know that the physical wounds will heal, but the wounds to his soul may never heal. I don't want the man to be deported, I want him to be jailed because I have heard what they do to child sex attackers in jail.
"I want him to experience everything in jail that child sex attackers can experience from the other convicts. And then I want him deported."
Story courtesy of Central European News
If you feel moved to support Goran financially as part of this appeal, please send donations to:
Account: AHVV Verlags GmbH
IBAN: AT02 3400 0002 0002 5387