A local woman has been receiving medical treatment following the admission by her parents that she took “a whole weekend to make”.
Cordelia Crawford, 23, was found huddled in the corner of her room by concerned housemates at 4pm on Friday 14th of October. Although physically unharmed, the victim was in severe psychological distress, and was transferred immediately to Cork University Hospital.
Friends of the affected have spoken with police regarding the timeline of events prior to Ms Crawford’s disappearance at approximately 10 pm on Wednesday the 12th. “She said she was going to ring her parents and that she’d be back in a few minutes,” one source close to the victim explained. “She never came back, and we thought she’d just gone to bed, but when no one had heard from her by Thursday night, we raised the alarm. We had no way of knowing it was this bad until we found her on Friday”.
Ms Crawford shared her traumatic experience with a reporter from the UCC Express. “I was just laughing and joking with my parents on the phone. I had been watching “Embarrassing Bodies” that day, and was telling them some of the funnier things from it. When I mentioned a woman had gone in after having a baby, my mother took the opportunity to tell me that I ‘took a whole weekend to make’ and ‘thank god we didn’t have any other children, otherwise they’d have been left to their own devices’. At first, I didn’t realise the magnitude of what she had said, and ended the call normally; but as I went to back into the sitting room, I collapsed on the floor, mental images of my parents’ flabby bodies flailing against each other…” (The interview was cut short at this point, as the victim became inconsolable and had to be sedated by doctors).
When asked for comment, the Lead Psychiatrist in the case, Dr Peter Foil, said: “Trauma is relative. When different circumstances affect different people, there is no knowing how they will react. This is a severe case, but knowing the abuse of power involved, I wouldn’t be surprised if the patient has significant consequences to deal with in the coming months and years. Sexual dysfunction is most likely, along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will do our best to ensure the patient recovers to the best of their ability, but after abuse of this magnitude, it is difficult to tell”.
Ms Crawford is currently receiving inpatient treatment in the psychiatric ward in CUH. Her parents were unavailable for comment.