Tegan Wagner's quest to end in-court rape victim shaming
A WOMAN who was gang-raped at 14 says the greatest injustice she suffered was her treatment in the courtroom.
Tegan Wagner, 29, has launched a bid to stop in-court victim blaming during an emotional interview on Nine's60 Minutes.
The Sydney woman was a victim of the notorious Ashfield Gang Rapists - a group responsible for committing a series of attacks involving the indecent assault and rape of young women at knifepoint.
Ms Wagner was invited to a local house party with a group of friends when she was assaulted by three brothers in 2002. She was just a teenager and had never been kissed before or drunk alcohol.
"After I left the bathroom, that's when things took a turn. I was taken into a bedroom by one of the boys," she told Tara Brown.
"I was saying no, I was saying stop, but I couldn't do anything. Then the next guy came in, and he pushed me back down.
"I said no, but then he started raping me. And then he left the room and I found my underwear and I tried to put my underwear on and leave the room ... that's when the last one came in.
"He slapped me across the face and said, 'Do you want me to stab you?' and I said, 'I don't want you to stab me'. Then he started raping me."
During a gruelling cross-examination that lasted three days, Ms Wagner said she was grilled with more than 2000 questions and "made to feel dirty" like a "slut".
"This was three days of hell," she said.
"You're made to feel dirty and essentially raped again because you've got to go through it.
"You're being told that you lied about it, that it didn't happen, that you as a person must be some sort of jezebel because you put yourself in that situation."
After her attackers delayed the trial nine times, the court found two of the three brothers guilty although all three were convicted of raping five other girls.
"Everything about you is being told that you're wrong, that you're the liar, that you're the one who did the wrong thing here, that you're dragging these poor innocent boys through court, you horrible woman," she said.
"That's how you feel, when really it's you raped me and wrecked my life and I'm here to try and tell you that you did the wrong thing."