- Michael David Wockner put his genitals on the outside of a child's mouth in 2009
- The now 18-year-old victim said she wished to stop anyone enduring her trauma
- She vowed to stop children being traumatised in the criminal justice system
- Wockner was sentenced to 18 months, to be wholly suspended for three years
A teenager who was sexually assaulted as a child and accused of lying about it by her own mother has opened up on her traumatic experience.
The young woman was just eight years old when Queensland man Michael David Wockner placed his genitals on the outside of her mouth.
The 42-year-old from Magnetic Island forced the child to watch porn and demanded she touch him inappropriately in 2009.
After pleading guilty to two counts of indecent treatment of a child in the Brisbane District Court, Wockner was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, to be wholly suspended for three years.
The victim told the Townsville Bulletin she would do anything to stop anyone from enduring the trauma she did.
'I’ve had nightmares, panic attacks, I’ve had sleepless nights. I get sweaty when people get too close,' she said.
The victim came forward about her abuse in 2015, before her mother branded her a liar on social media following her confession.
'People say, why didn’t you come out about this earlier, at that age, you don’t know that (the person) is doing something that’s bad,' the victim said.
The now 18-year-old, who is studying a Bachelor of Human Services at university, hopes to use her experience to help other victims.
'They need to reform how they handle victims,' she said. 'I felt like the criminal rather than the victim.'
Speaking outside of court after Wockner's sentence, the victim shared her disappointment.
'If it ever happened to me again after that sentence, I wouldn't report it,' she told Quest Newspapers.
'He's going to go home tonight to have dinner. I'm going to go home tonight knowing he's still out there.
'Girls don't like to come forward because that's the kind of sentence you get.'
Wockner's defence barrister David Crews argued for a lighter sentence as it was an 'isolated incident'.
He told the court these were 'exceptional circumstances' because of the 'low-level' of his offending and his client had no prior convictions for sexual offences.
The victim told the court Wockner had taken her childhood from her.
She said she lives in constant fear she will be abused again.
Judge Orazio Rinaudo agreed that exceptional circumstances did apply.