“Seventeen and in HSC, I was kicked out of home,” the woman said.
“I left with nothing but some clothes in a washing basket … and walked to my nan’s in my school uniform.
“I was terrified and alone.”
That breakdown flowed onto her relationships with her siblings, and later her own children’s relationship with their grandmother.
“I lost my mother’s respect and affection. Or rather it was stolen from me, a basic right of every child taken,” she said.
She recently received a diagnosis this year of severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Treatment will soon begin. “It’s taken a huge effort to force her to account for her criminal actions,” she said.
“I crawled out of a very, very dark hole and still suffer consequences.
“Today, I’m reclaiming my power.”
Dunbar, who is due to be sentenced on September 9, was convicted in the 1990s for similar offences committed in the 1980s.
Her victim elected not to proceed in 1996, and then came forward again in 2018, the court was told.
Dunbar was arrested in late 2020.
She had since undergone “quite extensive” psychological treatment and was in a very different situation to the relatively young person who committed the offence, her lawyer said.
Dunbar was now also full-time carer to her elderly mother.
However Crown prosecutor Rossi Kotsis said an intensive corrections order – effectively a suspended jail term – was the only appropriate option besides jail time.
“There is no reliable evidence at all of remorse or insight,” he said.
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