A woman who became pregnant and had a miscarriage at the age of 11 after being raped by a former pedophile police officer is struggling to name her abuser.
Despite facing the serial child sexual predator in court, Tracey May can not expose her identity due to a suppression order dating from 2012.
A review of Victoria's legal system last year found that adult victims of sexual assault should be able to identify their attackers after the conviction, but May still can not express her opinion.
Despite facing the serial child sexual predator in court, Tracey May (pictured) still can not expose him, due to a suppression order dating from 2012.
The non-publication order, which was initiated when the legal proceedings against the abuser of Ms. May began, has no end date or explains why it was implemented.
Chief magistrate Peter Lauritsen said the order was issued before the Open Courts Act was passed in 2013, which established a five-year limit for suppression orders.
The law was passed to improve transparency in the state's justice system, but hundreds of orders are issued each year, including general reporting bans.
May said the man who raped her is protected by the suppression order, which means she can not make her name public, even though she was found guilty.
"I faced him in court and I was not afraid for the first time in my life, and then they told me he could not say his name," he told The Age.
His abuser, a former police officer with more than a dozen victims, raped nine children up to five years of age for a period of 18 years until 1985.
One child was brutalized in the back of a police van, while another was attacked at a police station.
After being informed by a father in 1979, he left the Victoria Police and moved north, attacking seven more children in New South Wales.
A woman who became pregnant and had a miscarriage after being raped by a former pedophile cop when she was 11 years old, is fighting for the name of her abuser (stock image)
Senator Derryn Hinch named the man, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016, using parliamentary privilege last year, but can not be named by the media.
Ms. May said she will continue to fight to name the man, and refuses to be silenced after feeling ashamed as a child.
I'll keep fighting to name it. They have taken my voice for so long, it's time to talk, "he said.
Crime Victims Commissioner Greg Davies said that although the suppression orders are often implemented to protect the victims, the victims themselves are not consulted.
"If a victim wants to go and make mention of what happened to him … because he wants to prevent what happened to him from happening to another person, and he can not do it, then the victim is being victim of the judicial process." , & # 39; he said.
Most of the suppression orders in the country are taken in Victoria, and a review in 2017 by former Court of Appeals judge Frank Vincent found that 12 percent of the 1594 orders made between 2014 and 2016 gave no reason for the suppression.
The general prohibitions constituted another 22 percent and did not specify what should be suppressed.
Chief Magistrate Lauritsen said the suppression orders were a vital part of the justice system, and that all parties had the right to appeal.