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Craigslist Survivor


"Bound and blindfolded with the weight of his body on me, I realized that no matter how hard I tried to fight him off, he was about to take something the money can't buy or replace, he was going to take a piece of me. My mind body and soul.” said Sarah Kostovny.

Hundreds of tearful supporters listen as Kostovny emotionally recounts her brutal rape. Following an ex-boyfriend posting an ad on Craigslist posing as her and asking to be raped.

"As soon as I heard the dispatchers voice, I realized this wasn't just a bad dream, I was living my worst nightmare and couldn't do anything to wake myself up." Said Kostovny.

Though Kostovny's ex-boyfriend and the rapist were both convicted and sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for the crime. Prosecutor Mike Blonigen still fights to see changes in the rights of victims in the judicial process.

"All too often are victims being shut out to the sentencing process, they're being shut out of trial processes, and we're told that the defendant's rights trumps that, well if there was a victims bill of right amendment, that argument would no longer be valid." said Blonigen.

Victims supporter say assault victims don't want the crime to define them, but they want to be who they are and be able to move past it.


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