Publication ban of survivor's name in 'sexsomnia' case lifted
The woman at the centre of the so-called "Sexomnia" case can finally release her name.
Bekah D'Aoust has had a publication ban on her name for 8 years, as the so-called 'sexomnia' case moved through the courts. That has now been lifted at her request.
"You've all known me as a victim. But today I'm more than that." she says in a video statement to her Facebook page. "I'm a wife, I'm a daughter, I'm sister, I'm a granddaughter, I'm a friend, I'm an aunt."
"My name is Bekah D'Aoust. I'm extremely proud to say I'm a survivor."
D'Aoust says it's been a long road.
"I want other victims to know you're not alone. And if I can help you any way in the future I will."
Ryan Hartman was convicted of sexually assaulting D'Aoust in a Brockville court in 2012. He appealed on the grounds that he was not criminally responsible by reason of 'Sexomnia' saying he was asleep at the time, and didn't know what he was doing. A Brockville judge rejected the defence back in November.
He has since launched a "Jordan" appeal. He claims his right to a speedy trial has been violated.
D'Aoust says this process has gone on "for far too long."
"I need to move on my life, I need for this to be over."