SHE was only 16 when she was raped by a balding, fat man, three times her age – while her mum smoked a cigarette and kept guard outside the door.
This is Australian Peta Butler’s horror story that only publically emerged last month, although the rape happened over 10 years ago.
According to news.com.au, Peta’s mum, Therese Butler, had taken her daughter by bus on a “girl’s weekend” to Toowoomba, a town in the eastern part of Australia.
Once there, they ate at McDonald’s before Therese bought booze and encouraged her daughter to drink, saying it would keep her warm. She then took her to a cheap hotel.
Speaking out to the media for the first time last month, Peta remembered her shocking ordeal with an obese older man known only as “Thommo”.
“Not long after that, he entered the room. He didn’t say anything. He just literally walked up to me and took off his clothes and took off my pants. I was frozen. I couldn’t do anything. I just couldn’t move.
“He raped me for a couple of minutes. It only lasted … I had my head turned to the side.
“I couldn’t, like, my voice box, I couldn’t speak … I couldn’t scream out to my mum, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t do anything.
“He never said anything … I felt his face stubble. He had face stubble, feeling that. And I still remember the smell of him. I still remember.
“He held my hands down. I couldn’t move and he was very big … he was on top of me.”
“I think to myself ‘how could a mum do what she did’?”
“How could a mum sit outside knowing that their daughter is being raped by her potential boyfriend?”
Now in her late 20s, Peta said she only found the courage to speak up when she had daughters of her own.
She went to the cops in 2016, and with their help phoned her mum to get a recording of her confession.
In the confession, the evil mum tells her daughter: “I wouldn’t have taken you down there unless you were 16.
“It was still… yeah … it was still rape, but you were 16. I wouldn’t let him touch you under, under sixteen, no way”.
Therese Butler pleaded guilty to procuring a kid for carnal knowledge and sentenced to four years in prison, suspended after 12 months.
Cops are now hunting for Peta’s rapist, Thommo, who would now be in his mid-fifties. They have released a computer-generated image of him based on Peta’s description of him.
“Anyone who believes they have been hurt by this man is urged to visit their local police station and speak with investigators,” cops said on Tuesday.