A woman who says that she was raped by her grandmother's husband when she was just 10 years-old is disappointed and frustrated that he only got a one-year suspended sentence after he pleads guilty in December 2018.
Despite asking a judge to have mercy on her elderly relative during the sentencing, Mary Brown* says that she expected him to at least do some time in jail.
"I have mixed feelings because I really thought that he would have been sent away for at least 5 years, but I didn't wish to see him spend the rest of his life behind bars. but it seems like he gets away scot-free"
Brown, who grew up in Portland, mentions that her grandfather started touching her when she was 7 years old and began having sex with her when she was 10 years old.
Brown, who is now in her late 20s, said that she wanted to talk about being raped for a while but was prevented from doing so in order to protect her family. However, she said that the incident after she found out that he raped 2 of her younger family members.
"When I found out about my younger sister and cousin, I say to myself that because I didn't tell anyone what happens to me and been silent for years so I start to blame myself," she stated.
She was asked not to talk about being raped because people thought that she would bring shame on her family, she said that she was in disbelief that her grandmother came to the trial and support that wicked man.
"My feelings towards my grandmother at this point are that I just sorry for her. I don't have anything else to say, to feel, or what to think about her," Brown explains.
Mandatory jail time
Now, she believes that it should be mandatory that convicted child rapists spend at least 5 to 10 years in prison
"It's not right and not fair to anyone who lived with the trauma to see him not go to jail but just goes home and is comfortable maybe rape someone else again," she said.
And Brown, who wrote about child molesters, wants victims to speak to someone they can trust about what happened to them.
"What I find is that when you keep all that pain inside for years you will get angry and suffer from bad nightmares about the ordeal. The sooner you talk to someone the better because keeping that in for years is not good for you emotionally she said.
* Name changed by request