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Woman sexually assaulted live on Snapchat speaks out

NowToLove logo NowToLove 1/02/2017 Candice Mehta-Culjak

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At 19 years old, Tracie Aldridge was sexually assaulted with a sweeping brush as she slept following a party.

She later woke to discover that the assault had been filmed and published live on the social media platform, Snapchat.

Aldridge has now decided to waive her right to anonymity to slam the 12 month sentence given to 22-year-old Jordan Binnie, the man who carried out the attack and Fraser Anderson, also 22, the friend who filmed it - who has escaped jail entirely.

Tracie, now 21, addressed the sentences saying, “I’ve been through two years of hell."

“Fraser Anderson could have stopped it, but instead he live-streamed it to Snapchat. Everybody who knows me in this area saw it.”

“I’m waiving my anonymity because I’m so angry with the light sentences they got, but Fraser took my anonymity the minute he uploaded it to social media — and he got community service. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I just think it’s a joke.”

“They ruined my life, I’ve had two years of torment, and my life’s never been the same since it happened. I had to give up my job as a school cleaner because of the stress of it.”

“I’ve been betrayed by the system. Shoplifters get heavier sentences than they got.”

According to The Mirror, Binnie’s solicitor, said: "This was a couple of daft boys, whilst intoxicated, doing something which they may have perceived to be funny at the time, but in the sober light of day it's a serious offence."

The court heard that the attack took place on the night of June 27, 2015 while Aldridge slept soundly after a party.

At one point, Anderson moved Aldridge’s shorts to one side which allowed Binnie access to carry out the assault.

Sarah Lumsden, prosecuting, told Falkirk Sheriff Court: "For an unknown reason Mr Binnie took a sweeping brush that was in the flat and approached her with it.”

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