I was going to post this in the Yay! forum but for some reason I couldn't, so I felt this would be the next appropriate place since this is about my best friend.
A few years ago, my best friend was raped by a man she had previously had a relationship with. This horrible man was a professional liar, very charismatic (smooth talking with the ladies), manipulative and deceptive. A true danger to society. We were friends with him before the rape, because he was so good at fooling people. You couldn't help but enjoy his company.
After the rape happened and was reported, people in the community caught wind after he was arrested and harassed my friend calling her every name in the book. Saying she "asked for it" because she was intoxicated at the time. The man's family was well known in this small down and had donated to schools, athletics, everything. No one would believe him to be a rapist. My friend got threats from his friends. It got so bad that friends took turns staying the night with her to make sure one of them didn't do anything. (Even though it had been reported to the police, she was still frightened)
The trial happened a month ago. I testified and it was scarier than I could have imagined. Facing him, after what he would have done to her and seeing the look in his eyes. He knew he was going to get off. He had the smuggest look. He had the best lawyer, he had friends who lied and covered for him. All until he got nervous on the stand and his lies starting falling through. Stories changed, the jury was aware. In the end he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for this horrific crime.
We had little hope he would be convicted, but the system came through for my friend. She can never return to her hometown, but she is now at peace knowing that he is behind bars.
I wanted to share this because it has been on my shoulders for some time and I am so relieved at the outcome. Also, for others who may have been in this situation, there is hope!
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What fantastic news. As it sounds like you know, often, shamefully, those who rape actually getting charged and prosecuted, and getting real time, is dicey at best.
I am so glad that was not the case for your friend, and what a wonderful friend you are to testify on her behalf and be such a great support for her.
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