Sarah and Oprah
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Sarah has not seen her attacker or her ex-boyfriend since her attack. "At their sentencing, I was allowed to give my victim impact statement, but I could not look at either one of the men. I don't want to see either of their faces," she says.

Though Sarah says she felt empowered after standing up in court, she's still trying to wrap her mind around why people would commit such violent acts. She says she is also dealing with members of her community who have sided with her attacker. Sarah says they believe that since McDowell thought he was talking to Sarah, he believed he was doing what she wanted. "Several of my co-workers have actually said that they feel really bad for [McDowell], that he didn't know what he was doing was wrong and that he shouldn't have gotten punished as severely as he did."

FROM: Sarah Shourd's First Interview, Plus the Craigslist Rape Victim
Published on September 23, 2010

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