Beast vic­tim marches for help

Waikato Times - - News - Donna Lee Bid­dle donna-lee.bid­dle@stuff.co.nz

A wo­man whose for­mer part­ner was dubbed the ‘Beast of Blen­heim’ took to the streets to protest against ACC.

The wo­man, only re­ferred to as Lorraine, says the march was not just for her, but for other sex­ual abuse vic­tims, too.

Her ex, Ste­wart Mur­ray Wil­son, was jailed in 1996 for crimes against more than 40 women and girls, the charges cov­er­ing rape, stu­pe­fy­ing, bes­tial­ity, ill treat­ment of chil­dren and in­de­cent as­sault.

Lorraine wasn’t im­mune to his de­praved ways. She was drugged, beaten and forced to have sex with other women and the fam­ily dog.

It was this of­fend­ing which earned Wil­son the in­fa­mous ti­tle.

Two decades on, Lorraine is a shell of her for­mer self.

Her small, frail frame, sunk into the base of a chair as she was wheeled down Hamil­ton’s Vic­to­ria St yes­ter­day morn­ing.

About a dozen peo­ple with pick­ets marched too, some with their own griev­ances with ACC.

Lorraine is softly spo­ken and de­spite hav­ing hear­ing aids, she’s hard of hear­ing.

The 62-year-old is bat­tling to se­cure com­pen­sa­tion for years of abuse at the hands of Wil­son.

‘‘I just want peace of mind, for me and for other vic­tims,’’ she said.

Along­side her, was ad­vo­cate and friend Rer­erangi Eke­tone.

Eke­tone, 66, met Lorraine a few years ago, when she was liv­ing in shared ac­com­mo­da­tion in Hamil­ton.

Lorraine was 33kgs and sickly. She pleaded with Eke­tone for help.

Hav­ing worked as a coun­sel­lor and so­cial worker, Eke­tone agreed to help Lorraine ac­cess coun­selling and ACC pay­ments.

‘‘She’s had to lie to sur­vive, she’s been on the streets, she’s been through a lot. And she’s had peo­ple try to take ad­van­tage of her,’’ Eke­tone said.

‘‘But it’s hard be­cause she’s at home 24/7.

‘‘I only thought I’d help her out with coun­selling but here we are, years later.

‘‘It’s like bring­ing up a 60-yearold kid.’’

Lorraine has a daugh­ter who she is no longer in con­tact with but Eke­tone said Lorraine’s fam­ily did make con­tact one year, af­ter they saw her on TV.

In 2015, Eke­tone lob­bied ACC on Lorraine’s be­half and se­cured her $20,500: a spe­cial claim for post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

But she says it’s a small amount for the years of abuse Lorraine suf­fered.

Eke­tone’s health is ail­ing and she can’t look af­ter Lorraine for too much longer.

She wants to help find her friend a safe place for the rest of her life, and says ACC should help to do that.

ACC were not able to talk specif­i­cally about Lorraine’s case, but in a state­ment, said sur­vivors of sex­ual abuse that have been as­sessed for cover can ac­cess on-go­ing ther­apy and sup­port.

‘‘We al­ways look at the in­juryre­lated needs of our clients, which can change over time, and what we can pro­vide to meet those needs within the bound­aries of the scheme.

‘‘We also com­pen­sate peo­ple for lost in­come, and for per­sonal im­pair­ment that they have suf­fered as a re­sult of hav­ing a per­ma­nent in­jury.’’

Last month, Wil­son was found guilty of a raft of his­tor­i­cal sex charges that in­cluded rape, at­tempted rape, in­de­cent as­sault, threat­en­ing to kill and in­de­cency with a girl un­der the age of 12.

He cur­rently lives in a cot­tage on the grounds of Whanganui Prison un­der an ex­tended su­per­vi­sion or­der and was due to be sen­tenced on the most re­cent con­vic­tions this month.

TOM LEE/STUFF

Rer­erangi Eke­tone (with the speak­er­phone) leads the protest.

Neha Wetere joins the march.

Lorraine and Reen Katipa make their way down Vic­to­ria St to ACC’s Hamil­ton of­fice on Lon­don St.

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