Train rape victim writes to junta

national July 09, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A WOMAN who was rapted by a State Railway of Thailand (SRT) employee on a train 13 years ago has sent an open letter to the junta

When she read the news report in Greece, she collapsed in distress. 
After she regained her consciousness, she began to write an open letter that was finally sent to Thai media. 
“Why did it happen again?” she asked. 
Her letter is addressed to the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the SRT. 
“I am now a living dead,” she lamented. 
In her letter, she disclosed that she had been suffering every single day throughout the past 13 years.
She said following the rape, she needed years-long psychiatric treatments She had suffered from nightmare, fear of other people, and insomnia. 
“Years-long dependence on drugs have affected my physical healthy I have now hand shaky hands,” she said. 
 She recounted how the rape had caused her humiliation and shattered her bright career. 
“That train trip was a work trip The company felt uncomfortable and in the end I was pressured to quit my job,” she said. 
This victim has decided to write the open letter now not because she wants to press for her case. 
“I try to type this letter to communicate with Thais Is it time for us to start doing something to ensure that Thai society is safer?” she said. 
She said she hoped harsher punishments would be prescribed against rapists and preventative measures taken. 
“Please take these steps because they should be able to reduce or even prevent such attacks from taking place,” she said. 

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