Heartbroken mum whose daughter took her own life after holiday date rape issues warning to Irish teens
The popular teen and her friends flew to Zante, Greece last summer for a holiday, which sadly set off a tragic chain of events
A mum has issued a heartbreaking warning after her 18-year-old daughter, who was drugged and raped in Greece, killed herself.
Julie Crowe was on holiday in Zante with her friends last summer when the attack happened.
The 18-year-old was assaulted twice during her first night in the resort in the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub on Friday, August 16.
The first time a thug grabbed her and tried to stick his tongue in her mouth and another managed to stick his hand inside her jeans, before she escaped.
Just two nights later, the young woman’s drink was spiked and she was raped after she and her friends returned to the same nightclub.”
Julie took her own life on November 4 – less than three months after the incident.
Her mum said that she was left haunted by the trauma of what happened and the thought that she would never get any kind of justice.
“The Julie that came home from Greece was operating on two different levels, one functioning and the other broken trying to fill in gaps in her memory after being drugged and raped,” Anna told RTE’s Liveline, the Irish Mirror reports.
“We were warned [by her college counsellor] that she would need to be watched as she was in a very fragile state.”
Her mum Anna, who is from Dunshaughlin, in Ireland told RTÉ Radio 1’s Liveline she was told a good-looking blonde man, who may have been Swedish, befriended and danced with the girls.
As the night progressed this man put his thumb into Julie’s mouth – which suggested to those around her she may have swallowed something.
The young woman started to feel nauseous a short time later and said goodbye to her friends and returned home as all she wanted to do was sleep.
Julie met another young man outside her apartment who invited her up to his place, but she declined and continued up to her own apartment.
Her friends returned home later with some men and they tried to wake Julie up as they made their way to the swimming pool area, but she was too exhausted.
Hours later Julie opened her eyes and was shocked to see blood stains on her bed sheet.
The teenager also had bruising and soreness and knew that “something awful had happened”, but she had no idea what exactly had occurred.
Anna said her daughter was haunted by what happened to her.
She said: “Absolutely, totally, that is exactly what tortured her.
“That is the word she used; she was haunted by the trauma of what happened and she was haunted by the thought that she would never get any kind of justice.
“And I suppose she felt very helpless and she probably felt a certain amount of guilt and regret about her own decision-making.
“She had done everything that she believed had been right.”
She believes that young people aged between 18-20 are particularly vulnerable.
She added: “She did leave a note but I don’t want to get into that.
“She said she didn’t want to hide what happened to her and that’s why we’re doing this.
“It’s not to sensationalise for one moment the trauma of what she suffered, but it’s in the hope that parents and young people will be just aware that there are unfortunately predators out there who are targeting young girls and guys.
“I do believe that Julie probably was targeted. She would have been an easy victim in the sense that she was so innocent, she was trusting of people.”
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