A woman raped by a well-known Wellington poet says she spent seven years disgusted with herself for the actions of her attacker.

In a victim impact statement in the Wellington District Court this afternoon, the woman said she now knew "the only person worthy of disgust was the rapist".

Lewis Edward Scott, 69, was today sentenced to four years in prison for raping the woman after inviting her to his Wellington home for what she thought was a business meeting.

The jury found him guilty of rape, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection for the 2007 offending.


But what the jury did not know was that Scott already had a conviction for raping a woman at his African artefacts shop Kwanzaa in 2012.

The 2007 offending happened after Scott and the woman performed at a fringe festival. He later contacted her to discuss performing together.

When she went to his home for the meeting she realised he was making a meal, and felt uncomfortable because she had only come for a meeting, not a date.

She went to leave but ended up on the floor with Scott on top of her - he touched and raped her.

During the sentencing, the woman said she was "humbled" to read her statement on behalf of "thousands of women who have never spoken up about rape".

She said her trust was shattered, and her body "overpowered and abused".

"It will forever shape the woman I will become.

"Time doesn't heal the memory of the rape. Silence doesn't heal the memory of the rape.

"Justice has been the one thing that has healed the scar of my rape."

It took her seven years to come forward to police, and another three years to get to trial, she said.

"Hearing the jury call out 'guilty' was justification and acknowledgement of the highest order. I no longer feel ashamed and responsible for what Lewis Scott did to me.

"You didn't just rape my body. You stole my sense of self-worth, you stole my trust, you stole my dignity, and you stole my self-respect.

"No punishment can compensate this other than knowing that the sentence you are given will protect future women from you."

Defence lawyer Christopher Stevenson said Scott had an incurable blood cancer and a short life-expectancy, and that this should factor into the sentence.

Judge Tony Adeane described the offending as a "date rape situation, of sorts".

He sentenced Scott to four years in prison with no minimum non-parole period.

Scott, an American, is a jazz poet who came to New Zealand in 1976.