My story starts with me wanting to have a photo shoot, to be put in a casting base in Norway. The man who ran this page, was also the photographer – and he offered me to meet with him and the secretary.
We met, and made an appointment that I would come back to take pictures another day. I went there and he was tacky – I had to wear a dress with no panties underneath, and stand on a mirror. In my mind I thought I just had to, because if the lighting and that it was the way it was done in this business. I was 19 years old and had been bullied all my life, so I felt this chance a confirmation that I was pretty, and good enough.
Some time later I went back to look at the pictures he had taken – and it ended up with him forcing himself on me, I didn’t stand a chance. He held me down and raped me brutally. I didn’t tell anyone in 8 years. I was so scared. First when I saw his picture in the newspaper, i knew right away it was him. He had been reported for several rapes. I called 911 and asked for help and told them I had information and evidence (electronic) regarding this case.
It turned out, he had raped a lot of women. He had been doing this for 10 years. He showed to be norways most notorious rapist. He was eventually convicted and is serving 21 years in jail.
My life is never going to be the same. I struggle every day. I was diagnosed with severe ptsd and will have to be on medication and treatment for the rest of my life.
I’m currently writing a book about this. And I also have a poem published in 2017. I try to speak out about this – and to make people aware that this happens way to often, and also by people you trust….
Thank you for reading.
— Linn, age 29