Aussie swimmer Samantha Lacey has said she is shocked and “bitter” after she was charged with raping an undercover officer in Thailand.
Key points:Aussie swimmattress and model Samantha Lacerdia was charged after she allegedly raped an undercover police officer in BangkokIn March, the 35-year-old was arrested for sexual assaultThe 26-year old is the first Australian woman charged with rape in ThailandA spokesperson for the Royal Thai Police said a “thorough investigation” into the alleged assault would be launched on FridayThe 28-year and 32-year women are believed to have met in Thailand in the summer of 2016 and then had sex in the Thai capital.
The 26 year old was arrested in Bangkok for allegedly raping an unnamed woman in March.
She was also charged with sexual assault and for allegedly assaulting another woman.
The 29-year was arrested after the Thai police found a video of her allegedly assaulting a woman in Thailand while on her way to work in April.
She faces up to life in jail.
Lacerdias Facebook page has been inundated with messages of support and support from across the world.
“I am a victim of sexual assault, but also a survivor.
It is an incredibly difficult situation, but I want to make clear that I am thankful for the support I have received from all who have offered their time, time and thoughts,” Ms Lacerds Facebook page read.”
This is a very, very, hard thing to accept, but it has also allowed me to come out of this situation stronger than ever.”
Ms Lacerdais Facebook page also included a video in which she described herself as a survivor of sexual abuse.
“We are survivors and we are all survivors of abuse.
It takes time, but we can learn and grow from this,” she said.”
In my case, I was sexually abused as a child and I know the pain and trauma that can happen.”
At the end of the day, I am a strong person and I will continue to fight for myself and my family, I will fight for my community, I have my family.
“It’s important to realise that the people who have been targeted have suffered, and we can all make a difference.”
Ms Chaiyavrajat said the police had not yet been informed of the charges against the women, and it would be up to them to make a decision about whether to proceed with the case.
“When they get to that stage, I hope that they’ll understand that we are just a group of friends,” she told ABC Radio Canberra.
“They’ve been given a fair chance to present themselves before a judge, so I’m hopeful that that’s how it goes.”
The ABC understands police were not yet aware of the incident in Thailand before the case was launched.