A retired teacher revealed how she was raped by her son’s best childhood friend after she made him a cup of tea.
Carlyn Thompson, now 58, from Scotland, screamed when she was forced onto her couch and her pants were taken off by attacker Gregory Houslin, now 38, whom she had known since he was 14 years old.
He always played video games and listened to music with her sons Matthew, now 37, and Dom, now 36, who were both left “desperate” by the attack.
Houslin, from Watford, was found guilty of one count of rape and was imprisoned in 2005 at St Albans Crown Court for five and a half years. He was then 23 years old.
He was only released four years after his sentence, and after Mrs. Thompson saw him in a cafe, she moved back to Scotland to get away from “that monster” and be with her family.
Carlyn Thompson, now 58, has waived her right to anonymity to reveal how she was raped by her son’s best friend Gregory Houslin at home in Watford, near London
Houslin was imprisoned for five and a half years for the hair-raising attack in 2005. He played video games and listened to music with her sons
Her sons Matthew, now 37, (left) and Dom, now 36, (right) had introduced their mother to Houslin while they were still in school
Mrs. Thompson waived her right to anonymity and said that she had had a home conversation about tea with Houslin in January 2005 before launching the hair-raising attack.
“We talked about work, family and watched some TV,” she said. “Suddenly I realized it was late and I told Gregory that I needed to go to sleep.”
“I opened the front door for him, expecting him to leave, but he told me he wasn’t going anywhere and insisted on staying there.
“Out of nowhere, Gregory grabbed my arms and pulled me onto the couch. I was completely in shock and started screaming.
“I was still holding my phone, so I called 999, but I dropped it before I could find the call button.
“Then Gregory tore off my pants and underwear.
“I prayed that my neighbor was at home, so I shouted from my lungs:” I’m being raped! Help me! “But nobody came.
“Gregory put his hand on my mouth. Then he raped me. I cried hysterically and could not believe what happened.
“I’ve known Gregory since he was a little boy and never thought he was capable of it.”
The mother of two described how she screamed when Gregory took off her pants and trousers
She said she had escaped to the bathroom to call the police, but then Houslin appeared in the mirror behind her and “smiled”
Mrs. Thompson frantically grabbed her phone and escaped to the bathroom. She called the police and told him Houslin was still in the house.
But then Houslin appeared behind her and smiled at her through the mirror.
“I was paralyzed with fear,” she said. “He didn’t say anything, he just kept smiling.”
“Moments later I heard sirens outside, so I pushed him past and sprinted out the front door. I sank into the arms of a female officer and burst into tears. “
Regarding the impact that the attack had on her, Mrs. Thompson said it “almost destroyed my life.”
“I’m trying to move forward now and let other women know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.
‘I finally agree with what happened and I feel a lot stronger. I share my story to encourage other women to also report their attackers.
“Although it is extremely difficult, please take the phone and get the justice you deserve.”
Thompson’s son Matthew, now 37, (left), Mrs. Thompson (center) and her youngest Dom, now 36 (right) pictured together
Mrs. Thompson said that after Houslin was released from prison, she moved back to Scotland to be with her parents. She was pictured above in 2005
She met Houslin in October 1996 when he was brought home by her sons Matthew, now 37, unemployed, and Dom, now 36, who is tire fitter.
Mrs. Thompson said he was “polite” and “a typical teenager,” and would sit and listen to music and play games with her sons.
When the attack began, she screamed for her son Matthew, who lived across the street, but the lights were out in his house.
She said her sons were ‘distraught’ when they heard what had happened and ‘could not believe’ that it was their childhood friend.
“In the courtroom, Gregory told everyone that we had had consensual sex, and I said I had been flirting with him for years.
“When he was found guilty, I cried with relief,” she said.