Kaitlin Hurley, center, watches her rapist's sentencing in Antigua via Skype with her parents in their home in Tennessee.

A former UK officer was convicted of rape on a Tinder date, but his victim says trauma is a 'life sentence'

Updated 1007 GMT (1807 HKT) July 14, 2019

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This story contains descriptions of sexual violence.

Maryville, Tennessee (CNN)Kaitlin Hurley shook her head in quiet disbelief as the defense attorney made one last attempt to save her rapist from a lengthy sentence.

"Bull----" she mouthed silently as the lawyer questioned the extent of her injuries, despite a doctor's finding that she had endured severe physical trauma from the encounter on May 23, 2015.
A jury in Antigua had convicted former London police officer Lee Martin-Cramp in May of raping Hurley while he was visiting the Caribbean island and she was living there as a nursing student.
Now, six weeks later, Kaitlin and her parents were huddled over a laptop in the living room of their Tennessee home, Skyping into an Antiguan courtroom to find out how much time he would serve for shattering their lives.
The Hurley family watches the sentencing of Lee Martin-Cramp on their laptop.
CNN does not normally name survivors of sexual assault. But Kaitlin and her family chose to publicly identify themselves for the first time in an interview with CNN. They hope their story will help others by alleviating the stigma around discussing sexual assault and its lasting impact on survivors and their families, they said.
They also wanted to unburden themselves of a secret they kept from family and friends over the past four years, they said, fearful of disturbing legal proceedings.