Rape victim demands justice

LAST UPDATED: 9 Feb, 2015 @ 12:09
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Rape victim demands justice

By Imogen Calderwood

A NORWEGIAN expat who was drugged and brutally raped on a night out is determined to have her story told and bring justice to her attackers.

A year after she was drugged and assaulted in an Albir bar, in Alicante province, Goril Hvidsten has waived her right to anonymity in an attempt to warn other potential victims.

“If this has happened to me, and to other people I know, who knows how many countless other victims there are,” Hvidsten, 48, told the Olive Press.

“What about the girls who aren’t in their 40s and aren’t strong enough to go to the police, that are suffering in silence.”

Hvidsten – who moved to Albir in August 2013 – was outside the bar when she was approached by three men: two Spaniards and a Romanian.

“I had only had two beers so I was far from drunk. But suddenly I was completely out of control. I don’t remember much from the next seven hours, but some things are very clear.

“I remember walking outside to a taxi rank, and feeling safe because I was sure that the taxi driver would realise something was wrong.

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Hvidsten, the day after being rape

“But then one of the three guys walked to the driver’s side and got in, and I realised it was his taxi.

“You’re always told to get a taxi home after a night out because that’s the safest way. But it was these men that attacked me.”

Hvidsten was driven to the Romanian man’s apartment, where she was raped by all three men.

“They were relaxed, like they had done it before and it was an everyday thing.”

“One man left early because he had to go back to driving his taxi.

“It was so brutal that I was bruised and scarred all over, and they crushed three of my front teeth.

“When it was over one of them said ‘Okay, you can go now’ and kicked me out.”

Hvidsten reported the crime to the police in Altea five days after the assault, and has picked her attackers out of identity parades on three different occasions.

The bar-owner showed CCTV footage of Hvidsten and the men to other taxi drivers in the area, and one identified the Romanian man as his own brother.

All three men have admitted to having sex with Hvidsten but deny the charges of drugging and raping her.

“But the doctors say I must have been drugged because of the violence I endured,” argued Hvidsten.

Medical reports from the Hospital Comarcal conclude that Hvidsten was drugged with Scolapamine, otherwise known as burundanga, previously reported on in an Olive Press investigation into drink-spiking.

The drug is powerful, fast-acting and notoriously simple to administer as it does not need to be ingested but merely inhaled.

“He had it on his finger and just reached over and put it under my nose, and I was under his spell for seven hours.

“If they had asked me to jump out of the window, I would have.”

Despite numerous identity parades, the confessions of all three men and a preliminary hearing in March in front of a Benidorm judge, there is still no court case pending.

“Everything just takes such a long time. I only want answers and no one can give me them. I have a Spanish lawyer and he’s trying to help me, but it’s just the system here. There are always so many excuses.

The Olive Press has launched a campaign against drink-spiking in Spain, after an exclusive investigation revealed an alarming absence of statistics and advice for tourists.

The campaign, which hopes to improve safety for tourists, has three simple aims: more statistics, better policing, clearer advice.

If you would like to get in touch with the Olive Press about any aspect of the campaign, email [email protected]

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  1. What is even more outrageous is that this lady needs to hire a lawyer to help her get justice. The “police” obviously don’t give a damn. It should be THEM moving heaven and earth to bring this filth to book.

  2. Brave, brave lady. She certainly has not got her work cut out for her. How many more will keep quiet and hide their ordeal, blaming themselves for something which is not their fault. Drink spiking linked to rape is not new, never has been, but then proving it is another matter.

  3. Horrible to read, and we thought spanish police were especially effective ? Should not be such problem to keep these men in gail for a really long time.We thought Albir were such a safe place? This is no good reading, and really bad for tourism in Albir and Spain. Its not safe to be alone in a bar in Albir, I understand. This can also happen to men,not only women.

  4. Folk’s this is very bad news, and these men should be tried in a court of law and if guilty should never see the light of day,Now folk’s please listen to me saty in your own country and find a cheaper city to live If you must travel abroad because you like warm weather during the winter months consider taking 2 one month vactions,but please stay home very few countries have the law enforcement ability to help you,and many are friends with these groups as they see tourist as been differnet from their own people,you all may not agree with me, but folks don’t live in countries where law enforcement is inept,or unwilling to help you.period

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