A woman has bravely told how she was raped by her evil fiance who attacked her – while she suffered an epileptic fit.
Georgina Adams, 24, was brutally raped by 20-stone binman Peter Cotterill as she suffered a seizure in bed.
She only realised what had happened when she came to following the 20-minute fit and discovered her playsuit had been removed.
Brave Georgina has now waived her anonymity to speak about her ordeal and is urging other victims of domestic abuse to report their violent partners to police.
She said: “We met when I was 14 and we hadn’t seen each other in years.
“I was in town with my friend in 2012 and he was on a Christmas do.
“I had an asthma attack outside a nightclub and I saw Peter and I grabbed him for support because he was the nearest person that I knew.
“We got talking again from then. We were together since that night really.”
The couple, who had got engaged and lived together in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, had been in a relationship for five years before he raped her on June 9 this year.
Cotterill admitted he had forced himself on her, but after apologising, he attacked her again three weeks later.
He left Georgina covered in bruises from the attack in their bed in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, and she was too afraid to speak out.
But when she woke from another fit to find Cotterill performing a sex act on her on July 30, Georgina slapped him and called police.
Georgina, who was diagnosed with epilepsy four years ago, added: “At first, I used to suffer seizures every other day.
“He gave up his job as a recycling operative where he had worked for over three years to become my full time carer.
“He was really supportive of my health problems, and helped me control it and the seizures even reduced to one a week.
“He knew exactly what was happening when I was having a seizure. The seizures usually lasted from a few minutes to about 20 minutes.
“It was like any other normal relationship – we used to argue but that’s like any couple.
“I tried to end the relationship on a number of occasions through no fault of his own.
“We didn’t have an argument before he raped me on June 9th.
“I can remember going to bed as I felt a seizure coming on – he always went to bed the same time as me to make sure I didn’t hurt myself.
“I remember I was wearing a playsuit and it was quite baggy.I had a seizure and I was drifting in and out of consciousness and I woke up naked.
“I thought maybe my playsuit had got tangled and I’d taken it off because it was baggy, but then I woke up properly and I went to the toilet and saw everything down there.
“I went back into the bedroom and I didn’t know what to say.
“When I questioned him, he denied everything and said he couldn’t believe I thought he would do something like that.
“I was too upset to say anything. I felt dirty and disgusting
“He made me feel confused, like I’d imagined it, but after about half-an-hour of me questioning him, he admitted it and said: ‘Yeah I did do it’.”
But after apologising, Cotterill attacked again on June 30.
Georgina said: “I was getting changed into my pyjamas to get to bed for a nap.
“I had pushed the rape to the back of my mind because I didn’t want to believe he had done that to me.
“We were in bed talking and then he got on top of me. I said to him that I wasn’t ready, I said no so many times.
“But he’s a big lad. He’s 6ft and over 20 stone and I couldn’t push him off me.
“I had to push him off with my legs in the end. He was very apologetic – I went out of the bedroom and I was crying.
“But then when I went back into the bedroom, he did it again. He forced so hard I had bruises.”
On July 30, Georgina plucked up the courage to call the police and they arrested him and charged him with rape and sexual assault.
Cotterill, 29, was jailed for eight years after he admitted rape and assault by penetration at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on December 1.
Georgina said: “The sentence is never going to be long enough. Even if he got a life sentence, it still wouldn’t be enough.
“No sentence is going to erase what’s happened to me.
“He was meant to be the person I could trust. In a way it makes it worse that he was my carer. He wanted to look after me and make sure I was safe.
“In my head now is ‘was it all a plan?’. Did he plan to do this? That’s what goes through my head.
“I don’t understand how someone can think that doing that to someone who is having a seizure is OK.
“My friends and family have been amazingly supportive, but I’ve never seen my dad so upset. He feels so helpless and thinks he should have been there for me.
“My family have got to live with this as well, it’s not just me.
“I’ve never hated anyone so much as I hate him.
“I’m speaking out because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.
“My message is: ‘Don’t be ashamed’. Don’t be a victim, be a survivor. Don’t let it keep going on, just do something about it because that’s the right thing to do.
“At times I felt like I had done the most awful thing by ringing the police. His family can’t see their son and I feel bad about that, it kills me, but I know I’ve done the right thing.
“You need to pick up the courage to do it.”
Georgina is receiving counselling from rape and domestic violence victim charity Savana.
A spokeswoman said: “No victim should have to suffer in silence. We want people in society to talk about these issues more openly and hopefully that will help others talk about it and access support.
“Our service is open to anyone affected by rape or sexual violence.”
Anyone affected by Georgina’s story can call the Savana helpline on 01782 433204 or visit www.savana.org.uk
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