Charlie Tetley, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in August, secretly filmed every encounter
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For Sarah Tetley, a nightmare turned out to be reality.

The 26-year-old says she was brutally raped in her sleep by her husband Charlie Tetley more than 300 times, only becoming aware of the abuse when she woke up in the middle of an attack.

“I woke up in the morning in that sort of drowsy just-waking-up stage and realized that he was molesting me in my sleep,” she told ITV’s {This Morning}.

She immediately sought help from the police.

But the nightmare was only just beginning. What Sarah believed to be a one-time attack turned out to be an ongoing occurrence.

When authorities searched the property, they discovered 316 videos documenting the horrific assaults.

“A lot of videos weren’t just of him but of household objects and things he would decide to do with those,” Sarah said.

“It was quite disturbing. In a couple of the videos I watched you couldn’t hear me breathing, and I didn’t really appear to be moving at all. I did look like I was dead in some of them,” she said.

Her husband ultimately pleaded guilty to five counts of rape, attempted rape, eight counts of assault by penetration, three counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of making indecent images of children, according to a statement from the Leicestershire Police. In August, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

“The victim has shown immense bravery throughout the investigation and court process,” detective Mike Buckey said in a statement.

“I hope that the sentence passed will help the victim move on with her life and put the events of those two-and-half-years behind her.”

Sarah, who has suffered from panic attacks and depression since Charlie’s arrest, says she is on a waiting list to receive counseling.

“No matter how I think about it I never saw that coming,” she said. “I had trouble sleeping for a while, I didn’t really sleep for the first four or five months, I slept when I passed out.”

Nowadays, Sarah is in a happy relationship with her neighbor, but she wants to encourage other women speak out against marital abuse.

“If in anyway you’re being abused you should tell someone – even if it’s just mentally – whatever kind of abuse it is,” she said. “It might be nothing but it might also be something quite big.”