A juror has claimed that witnessing the treatment of a rape victim in court stopped her reporting her own sex attacker to police.

Amanda, 25, who has asked for her surname to be withheld, was one of 15 jury members who served on a rape trial earlier this year.

The trial, which was heard in the north of Scotland, involved a man charged with two rapes and an assault against his former partner.

The jury returned a verdict of not proven.

However, Amanda said the “horrific” treatment she saw the victim subjected to as she gave evidence has prevented her from contacting police.

Six weeks after the trial, Amanda was raped.

Amanda said it stopped her from reporting her own attack to police

She has admitted that she is prepared to let her attacker go free because she fears going through the same ordeal in the witness box.

She said: “It was horrific to see what this poor woman was put through and, as a result, I’ll never report the man who raped me.

“I was attacked six weeks after that case and it’s because I saw that woman being ripped apart on the stand that I’ll never come forward.

“I couldn’t endure what that woman went through in court. I couldn’t face all the questions she was asked and the judgment that was placed on her.

“The defence lawyer repeatedly asked her if she had said no and kept asking, ‘How did the accused know you didn’t want to have sex with him?’

“The woman was asked about every detail after the attack, questioned over every choice she made and about every decision she’s ever made in her life up to the point of the attack. It was awful. I felt heartbroken for her.”

Amanda said the trial had to be postponed after the witness, who gave evidence over two days, fled the court on one occasion after being grilled.

She added: “The woman was so upset during questioning that she had to walk out and I didn’t blame her.

“She was incredibly defensive but now, after being raped, I understand how she felt.

“When the jury went to deliberate, some jurors judged her on what they heard about her background because it painted her in a bad light.

“It didn’t matter about her background. She didn’t deserve to be raped.

“She was torn apart but the man who was on trial for raping her wasn’t made to justify anything.”

The Sunday Mail has highlighted the case of a sex attack victim whose treatment in the witness box was condemned by Scotland’s most senior judge.

We told how Shannon, 24, is now planning to sue court bosses for breaching her human rights.

Lord Carloway, the Lord Justice General, said Shannon was forced to endure “repetitive and at times irrelevant questioning” and described the case as a “serious failure in the administration of justice”.

He criticised how Shannon was cross-examined, the conduct of the defence solicitor Andy Aitken and that of Sheriff Peter Hammond, who presided over the case.

Crown Office prosecutors were also criticised for failing to intervene.

Lord Carloway said Shannon was forced to endure “at times irrelevant questioning”

Sandy Brindley, chief executive of Rape Crisis Scotland, said: “It’s devastating that someone was so horrified at how another woman was treated in court that she couldn’t bear to report her own rape.

“This is not an isolated incident.

"At Rape Crisis, we hear time and time again from women about how traumatised they were by how they were treated in court.

“Many women tell us they wished that they had never reported, even when their rapist was convicted.

“It’s time for radical change in how our courts treat
victims of rape.”