The Craigslist Rape Victim
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."