This is the seventh part of the impact statement that my mom read in court.
Cayly’s Health Takes a Tumble
Cayly’s health has been adversely impacted:
• She had been free of asthma for many years but it re-occurred after the attack and she still requires asthma medication
• She takes medication to aid her in sleeping at night and is on an antidepressant.
• Cayly still tires easily especially when in a large group of people or with strangers as she constantly does safety scans.
• We all have had extensive therapy – we had for a year and Cayly had extensive on-going therapy for three and a half years.
This is the third part of the impact statement that my mom read in court.
Returning to the Crime Scene
We slept fitfully for the few hours before reporting to Humewood Police station at 9 a.m. Their statements were taken and not fully comprehending what was required of us next, we all returned to the scene of the previous nights attack to identify the crime scene.
The State Advocate had asked if one of the parents was prepared to compile and read out to the court an “Impact Statement” that told how the hijack and everything that followed had impacted on the families. As my mother has journeyed with me from the hospital examination room to helping me in my recovery, it was agreed that she would be the one to do so.
What I thought to do was to use her Impact Statement to really tell the story of what happened with regards to the hijack and rape, albeit from my parents perspective.