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Juanita's fight for justice.


MUM Juanita Berry battled for justice after she was drugged and raped in her home by a man and woman.

The rape, in Dalgety Bay, Fife, in September 2002, happened after Juanita's drink was spiked during a party.

When she reported the attack after regaining consciousness, it took the police 10 hours to get a doctor to examine her.

And a urine sample she gave doctors, which would have contained samples of the drug used, was thrown out.

The mum-of-three spoke out after being told by email that the charges against the two accused had been dropped.

She said at the time: 'In light of my experience, it is no wonder that four out of five women do not report being raped.

'The justice system manages only to prolong the humiliation.'

But after Juanita met with police chiefs, all eight Scots forces agreed to adopt radical changes to date rape investigations.

Another date-rape victim, Kim Shannon, was just 16 when she was attacked in 2000.

Shewas sexually assaulted on her first day at work by her boss and another man who were later convicted of the attack.

Kim, from Yoker, Glasgow, lost consciousness after being plied with vodka and cola spiked with an unknown drug.

Kim, now 19, said: 'I started to feel unwell after a couple of drinks and the next thing I remember is coming to outside a restaurant in Glasgow where they had dropped me off. I felt shock and disorientated and it didn't take me long to realise I had been raped.'


Drink spiked: Juanita Berry
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 13, 2004
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