A MAN had used his penis to try to check the hymen of his 13-year-old stepdaughter after she had been raped by another man, the Launceston Supreme Court has heard.
The complainant, now in her 30s, cried in the witness box during cross-examination yesterday when she gave evidence of how her then stepfather had committed sexual offences against her when she was a girl.
The accused, a Northern Tasmanian man, pleaded not guilty on Monday to having maintained a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17 and assault.
The Crown has argued that the offending occurred across several years in the Launceston area, including incidents in the family home during the complainant's school years.
The defence has argued that no such incidents ever occurred.
The alleged acts include sexual assault, inappropriate touching, masturbation and oral sex.
Yesterday the woman gave evidence that she had been raped by another man in the mid-1990s and about a week later, her stepfather had tried to check her hymen with his penis.
The woman said her stepfather took her to counselling and she initially did not tell the counsellor about the things that her stepfather had done to her.
The woman said she had wanted to protect her stepfather, because he had helped her after the rape.
``He was the one who called police,'' the woman said.
``I did not tell my mum because she would be ashamed of me.''
The woman gave evidence that she had respected her stepfather at the time, despite him having sexually assaulting her for several years.
``He was a father figure,'' she said.
The woman said that she had been ashamed, distressed and disgusted by what her stepfather had done to her, and only realised that what he had done was wrong when she learnt about sex education at school during her teenage years.
The trial, before Justice Shan Tennent, continues.