As Jarryd Hayne waits to find out how long he will spend in jail, the young woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting has suggested she isn't the same person after the 30-month ordeal.

The 28-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had to wait two-and-a-half years before Hayne, 33, was found guilty on two counts of having sexual intercourse without consent on a bloody night at the woman's home in September, 2018.

Now it's behind her, the woman broke her silence on social media by posting a famous quote by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive," it reads. "You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in."

The woman was praised for her "courage" and "resilience" by police after the drawn out court process, which took two trials.

"Firstly I'd like to say what an incredible feat it was for the victim to go through this process," Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney said.

Jarryd Hayne is seen arriving at Downing Centre Courts, in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Jarryd Hayne is seen arriving at Downing Centre Courts, in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi

"Her courage, resilience and steely nature through this process has been something that the investigators have worked with daily with her."

"And for her this process has seen justice," Superintendent Maloney added.

"And she certainly entered into this process with the thoughts of herself, but other people who are going through something like she has.

"(She is) amazingly courageous, resilient. I think as we all know it's a really difficult process for everyone involved, but in particular victims and she's certainly has come through this and feeling that she's succeeded."

Hayne has continued to claim his innocence after pleading not guilty to all charges and told reporters outside court last week he would appeal the verdict.

"I'd rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie," he said.

"I've shown it from the start, It's unfortunate, it's disappointing. But at the end of the day they've come to the decision. I respect that."

He will face a sentencing hearing on May 6 and there are suggestions his legacy could be further tarnished as the NRL considers stripping him of his many awards.

Jarryd Hayne plays for the Eels. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Jarryd Hayne plays for the Eels. Picture: Zak Simmonds

The NRL has kept tight-lipped on his meteoric fall from grace but The Sydney Morning Herald reports the league "believe they will have little choice" but to raid Hayne's trophy case if his appeal is unsuccessful.

Hayne's rugby league CV is among the most impressive in history, with two Dally M Medals for player of the year (2009 & 2014), and the Dally M Rookie Of The Year (2006) award to his name.

He was also named Representative Player Of The Year in 2014, made the Dally M Team Of The Year three times and won the Brad Fittler Medal for NSW's State of Origin Player Of The Series a record three times.

According to the Herald, however, the NRL could take dramatic measures to distance itself from Hayne if his conviction is not overturned.

Originally published as Jarryd Hayne's victim breaks silence



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