law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and )udges in a manor no less vigorous than protection afforded criminal defendants. Our daughter was not only victimi+ed by this violent rapist, but then again by our "riminal/ 5ustice 'ystem, as it seems that there is much more leeway given to the defenses side, and the DA prosecutors hands are tied in many ways. Thirdly, she was victimi+ed by this societys rape culture bias. &ssentially2 if a woman dresses up nice, meets a man for a date and drinks alcohol with him, then that infers that she has consented to se%2 evidently, violent se% or not. :astly, and perhaps the worst victimi+ation is self inflicted, as she >like most rape victims? has accepted societys condemnation for her mistake, and there it is her burden to carry for the rest of her life. (hile this defendant is free both physically and emotionally to do how he pleases, as opposed to being behind bars2 it is our daughter that now is in a cage of societys making. This case outcome only encourages rape and violent offenders to continue preying on victims, and deters victims of rape to continue to 7OT ever report it. (hen I entered my daughters hospital room the morning after her surgery, the last pint of blood was still being infused intravenously into her small pale body. I note the bruises on her neck and the broken blood vessels in her eyes. (e held each other for a while, then the first thing she said to me was Mom did I somehow cause this to happen to me/ My husband and I are in awe of our daughters strength and courage during her traumatic ordeal, and absolutely ama+ed of her inner selfs tenacity in actually surviving the attack itself. 9nfortunately, especially after the verdict, she currently suffers from severe depression which is having and e%tremely negative impact on her returning to a full and happy life. (e can only pray with all our hearts that this person will not harm some other parents dear young daughter. My husband and I the parents of a truly remarkable young woman.