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‘Wonderful’ woman, 20, takes her own life after being raped twice and bullied

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A 20-year-old woman took her own life after being raped twice and bullied as a teenager, an inquest heard.

Katrina Wiley was in a relationship with a 46-year-old man and told him that she had been abused by ten young men.

The Truro inquest was told that she wrote down the names of the ten people on a card, but did not say what they had done to her.

She only said: “Boys have hurt me”, adding that her much older boyfriend did not hurt her “because he is a man.”

The coroner was informed that when Katrina was 16 a boy took her to a house where he raped her in 2016.

Her mother, Debra, said that Katrina did not want go to the police or her school for help and threatened to commit suicide if her mum said anything.

But then at college, another boy is alleged to have repeatedly strangled her to unconsciousness and then stripped her naked and raped her.

Katrina also feared that photos that he took of her would end up on the Internet.

The coroner was told that she suffered physical pain from injuries suffered in the alleged second rape.

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Debra said the youth had "destroyed her emotionally and physically" and Katrina developed PTSD as a result.

While police and Social Services investigated the allegations, no charges were brought against the boy.

Her mother added that Katrina’s problems had begun as a teenager, when she was bullied at school and called ugly and fat causing her to dislike her looks, height and weight.

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The inquest heard how Katrina was a talented artist and achieved academically but who self-harmed and took up to five overdoses.

She received some help during lockdown, but her dad Paul discovered her hanging in her bedroom at St Columb, Cornwall, in February this year.

The senior coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said: "It appears she has been the victim of a number of assaults which, if that is right, I am sure caused or contributed to her condition.”

He said while Katrina had enjoyed an “idyllic childhood”, the bullying at school and sexual assaults had led to a downward spiral and she was left unable to cope.

He described Katrina as: “A wonderful, warm, caring, giving person who was highly intelligent who was very academically gifted and artistically talented who has sadly suffered a number of assaults which caused her quite understandably profound difficulties."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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