A brave woman has told how being raped inadvertently saved her life when a smear test she had after the attack detected pre-cancerous cells.
Kim Jenner, 27, waived her anonymity to reveal the “silver lining” to the terrifying ordeal after rapist Johsua Banana was jailed.
She had been to a house party and fell asleep on the sofa when she woke up to find the drug dealer raping her in the early hours of April 29 last year.
She reported the rape and Banana, 27, was arrested but denied the attack.
He was found guilty following a trial at Derby Crown Court and on Thursday (28/11) he was jailed for ten years and eight months.
Speaking after the trial, Miss Jenner, from Derby, told how she had been through “a hellish 18 months” except for the “one positive” outcome as result of the rape.
She said: “The impact that this man’s actions have had on my life cannot be underestimated.
“Emotionally, financially and physically I have suffered and continue to suffer, as do my family, friends and our relationships.
“There has, however, been one positive from this incident in terms of my health.
“I had to undergo a series of tests after the rape, including a cervical smear which I had never had before this happened.
“That smear test found pre-cancerous cells which required treatment.
“If I had not had the test the cells would not have been found. That test potentially saved my life and for that I am thankful.
“This has been the silver lining of this horrendous experience.
“Following the sentence, I am looking forward to getting on with the rest of my life, now that my reputation has been restored and this terrible shadow is no longer hanging over me.”
Banana, of Derby, was also found guilty of being part of a gang dealing in zombie drug Black Mamba.
The court heard Miss Jenner had been with her friends to a baby shower party before going for a night out in Derby.
The call centre worker and her friends got chatting to a group of men, including Banana, and they returned to another house in Yates Street for a party.
Miss Jenner passed out on a sofa but when she woke up Banana was on top of her.
She reported the rape but Banana repeatedly denied the charges and told “vile slurs and lies” about her in a bid to discredit her during the trial.
Miss Jenner said: “After a long and extremely difficult time, justice has been served and I would like to thank them all for the professional and sensitive way in which they have pursued the case.
“Despite the vile slurs and lies which this man spouted about me in court, the jury saw the truth and I feel vindicated in standing up for all young women or men who find themselves facing such a nightmare.
“I was determined to see justice done and I hope this will inspire others who may, for good reason, feel intimidated by the process and the potential threats to reputation from the type of irresponsible reporting that cases like this attract.
“My family and I have been through hell since 29 April last year.
“Throughout this nightmare I have simply told the truth in the hope that the judgement of decent people would result in my gaining justice.
“I have been treated with sensitivity and respect by Derbyshire Constabulary, the Crown Prosecution Service, their legal representatives and other staff at Derby Crown Court during what has been a hellish 18 months.”
Detective Sergeant Cathy Austin, the lead officer in the case, said: “This has been a long and protracted case, which has turned Kim’s life upside down.
“She has had to relive the events of that morning over and over again throughout the last 18 months as well as putting up with attacks on her character and appearance during the trial.
“She is an extremely courageous young woman, and I would like to thank her for her tenacity, strength and understanding as we have carried out our investigation.
“It has not always been easy, but Kim has remained steadfast and allowed us to carry out our enquiries in order to ensure the best possible chance of success in the case.
“Before this happened, Kim, like many young women, enjoyed socialising and spending time out and about with friends.
“Banana’s actions have robbed her of her ability to feel safe and carefree in a social environment and I can only hope that today’s sentence will offer her some semblance of comfort and reassurance in order to move forward and rebuild her life.
“My final word goes out to anyone else who has been raped or sexually assaulted: please do report what has happened.
“We will help you and, even if you decide the criminal justice route is not the right outcome for you we can signpost you to other services which provide help and support.”