Name suppression lifted as two victims of rapist Malcolm Rewa speak out


Two victims of serial rapist Malcolm Rewa have had their name suppression lifted in a bid to stop him getting out of jail.

He's due for parole in 2018, but Tracey Kearney and Rhonda McHardy want him prosecuted a third time for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

Ms McHardy, who was attacked by Rewa two weeks before Ms Burdett's death, says she no longer wanted to be known as "victim number nine".

"For me there is something incredibly empowering about being able to stand up and say 'this is what happened to me, this is who I am', and not need to hide behind that because it makes other people feel uncomfortable," she told Fairfax.

Ms McHardy says she's done worrying about what others think. She says society has to get better at talking about rape or sexual abuse to stop it happening.

With Teina Pora cleared of Susan Burdett's murder, the women believe Rewa will be successfully prosecuted should the case head to court again.

Previous trials of Rewa for Ms Burdett's murder have resulted in hung juries.