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 6:07 AM ET, Sun July 14, 2019

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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.
    The Hurley family said they felt fortunate to have achieved this level of justice.
    Four years earlier, Kaitlin's mother, Jill Hurley, says Antiguan police told her the case would go nowhere. Since then, the family had learned how challenging sexual assault prosecutions can be.
    But the Hurleys pressed Antiguan and British authorities until Martin-Cramp became the first British citizen to be extradited to the island, culminating in a historic conviction.
    After spending thousands of dollars to visit the island for the trial, the Hurley family decided to watch the sentencing from their home.
    Kaitlin said she felt a life sentence was justified given the circumstances. The jury had agreed with the Crown's argument that Martin-Cramp used his position as an officer of the law to gain her trust, then drugged and raped her even though she had told him she did not want to have sex.
    During the sentencing, Justice Iain Morley noted that five jurors had taken the "unusual" step of returning to the court for the hearing, describing it as a "tribute" to Hurley.
    Yet, Hurley had the feeling that no matter how much time he served, it wouldn't be enough to make her whole again, she said. The attack not only derailed her dreams of being a missionary nurse, it had eroded her faith and her trust in humanity, she said.
    "I'm serving a life sentence in recovery," she said. "Nothing can make me the person I once was."
    Kaitlin Hurley went to Antigua to study nursing.

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    Hurley's dream of becoming a missionary nurse led her to Antigua.
      In her senior year of high school, she went on a mission trip to Costa Rica, followed by another one over the summer. She was already planning to be a nurse -- a natural fit for her caring nature, her father says. The mission trips oriented her toward helping others in developing countries.
      When her mother found out about a nursing program in Antigua, Kaitlin said it sounded like the perfect way for her to earn her degree while learning skills that would serve her outside of the US.