July 2021

Teenage sex assault victim says attack turned the world into a ‘scary place’

A teenage girl has told how being sexually assaulted had a “huge impact” on her life and turned the world into a “scary place.”

The youngster, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said the attack by Jason Cooper saw her go from the “happiest girl to the most miserable.”

Cooper was sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court today.

The 27-year-old of Coast Road, Rhyl, denied the charge of sexual assault on April 12, 2020 but was convicted after a trial.

A victim impact statement read out to the court by prosecutor, Anna Pope on behalf of the teenager said: “The incident had a huge impact on me and my life…prior to the incident I was a confident outgoing girl who enjoyed life.

“I feel like I went from being the happiest girl to the most miserable and losing my confidence as a result.

“Due to what happened, the world became a scary place, I started having regular panic attacks and felt fearful of other people, my sleep was affected…and I began having reoccuring nightmares…and had to sleep with the light on.”

The youngster said she suffered around three panic attacks a day and has been experiencing low moods and flashbacks for which she is receiving support for through mental health service, CAMHS.

She also struggled in school.

“I lost all my motivation and have given up my dream of being a social worker – some days it was a challenge just for me to get out of bed,” she added.

Sentencing Cooper to 15 months behind bars, the judge, Mr Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones said he accepted the assault lasted a short period of time “but that doesn’t diminish the importance and seriousness of what you did.”

“You targeted her in my opinion…you did it for your own selfish sexual gratification.”

Cooper was also made subject of a restraining order and a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

After he was sentenced, Cooper shouted from the dock: “F*****g joke. F*****g bulls**t. F*****g pathetic this s**t is.”