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Gay man ‘felt like he was raped’ after horrifying sexual assault by drunken woman

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A BAFTA-nominated filmmaker has opened up about the PTSD he has suffered after a drunken woman sexually assaulted him.

Frank McGowan, who has waived his right to anonymity, was assaulted by Cheryl Cottrell at a house party in Glasgow in May 2015.

She discovered he was gay and made “several sexually inappropriate comments” and asked if he would sleep with her.

“Something fell from the unit and I bent down to pick it up – that’s when she pounced by violently pushing her fingers inside me,” he told the Daily Record.

“She didn’t stop and I had to use all my strength to throw her off me. I couldn’t believe what was happening – it was a brutal and painful assault.

“I was bleeding and felt like I was being raped by this horrible woman.”

Cottrell was found guilty of sexual assault at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was ordered to carry out a community payback order of 120 and placed on the sex offenders register.

Rape was only defined under Scottish statute by the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

Before then courts relied on a common law definition of consensual vaginal intercourse imposed by a male against a female.

The new law defined rape as a person penetrating the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with their penis without reasonable belief that the other person consents to this penetration.

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The same act defines other forms of non-consensual penetration as sexual assault.

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