An original translation by Nash Montana
Dunja R. will never be able to get the phone call that she received from her son out of her head, because he was uncontrollably sobbing. But she felt it right away: Something terrible had happened to him.
It was only last week that police made it public: It was back on December 2nd, a child molester had been arrested at the Wiener Theresienbad, Vienna public pool. A refugee (20) from Iraq jerked the ten year old Goran R. (all names changed) in a toilet cabin and raped him there. The boy suffered such heavy injuries, that he had to be treated at the AKH (General Hospital).
During the interrogation the perpetrator admitted, he came to Austria via the Balkan route, and he hadn’t had any sex for four months. At the pool he “submitted to his lust”. In an interview with “Heute”, Goran’s Mother Dunja R. (43) tells of the suffering of the small victim.
Heute: How did you learn of the crime perpetrated on your small son Goran?
Dunja R.:* I am a single mother of five children. Money is always short. But Goran loves to go swimming. So I gave him three Euros pocket money on December 2nd for Theresienbad near where we live. After school he could go and use the pool. Three hours later he called me and he sobbed and cried so hard that I couldn’t understand a word. Then someone from the pool personnel took his cell phone and said: “Please come here, your child has been sexually attacked!
”??Heute:* Your son confided to the pool supervisor??*Dunja R.:* Yes – and he immediately called the police. As I arrived at the pool I saw my crying child through a glass door, and a man in swimming trunks with his hands cuffed. My sister who came with me, immediately wanted to jump on the man. But the cops pulled him away and surrounded him.”
Heute: How did the offender get into contact with your son? ?Dunja R.:* Goran was playing with a 15 year old in the pool, the Iraqi was the 15 year old’s companion. As my son went to take a shower, the man motioned him to come to him. Goran thought he needed something – but he was immediately pulled into the cabin. I raised my children to be helpful. Today I have to say: Unfortunately.
Heute:* Who is helping your son cope with this experience now?? Dunja R.:* The Children’s Protection Center “Die Möwe” is supporting us a lot, they’ve found us a lawyer and are providing therapy.
*Heute:* You are not just concerned about the physical injuries of your son?
*Dunja R.:* Absolutely. Because the scars left on his soul may never heal. The boy can only sleep when I give him Trittico-pills. He screams and cries every night. And when he sees my desperation, he turns away from me. It is as if he is erecting a wall around himself. At school Goran has talked of killing himself. His pain is literally pulling the floor out from underneath our entire family.
*Heute:* Have you heard how the offender is justifying his crime in his interrogation?
*Dunja R.:* yes, with “a state of sexual necessity”, and it makes my blood boil. I come from Serbia, I have lived for five years in a Caritas home and I have gotten along with many different people from many different nations. I am certainly not a racist. But this self-serving declaration of the Iraqi is egregious. Or is anyone going to have sympathy for me if tomorrow I rob a bank and then I’ll say, I just didn’t have enough money for my children?
Heute:* Do you wish that the man who raped your son gets deported?? Dunja R.:* Yes – but only after he has served his prison sentence here. Because I have heard what all can happen to child molesters in prison.