Sexual Assault Victim Films Her Rapist with Her Phone

A woman in Oakland, California, was at home when she heard a loud noise in the hallway.  As she walked through her house to find out what had made the sound, she saw a man in her hallway.  The woman then managed to capture 13 seconds of video footage of the man, who was carrying a box of stolen electronics.  She asked the man to leave, which he did, briefly.  What the video doesn’t show is the man returning, and sexually assaulting the woman.

Although the violence wasn’t captured on video, the police hope to identify the rapist from the cell phone footage.  According to Oakland police department spokeswoman Holly Joshi, the woman was “very much behind the release of this video.  She wants justice.”

In the video, according to Joshi, “[the alleged rapist] mumbles something like OK, bye.  But what we do know is that the suspect did not leave after that. He did stay. And he did sexually assault the victim.”

Although it may still be difficult to track down and identify the rapist, this video may go a long way in so doing.  And although there have been recent questions about the merits of new media, in the wake of the Anthony Weiner scandal, this is a reminder that new technologies can sometimes make a huge difference.

Photo from jepoirrer's Flickr photostream.

75 comments

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

I am glad she is so strong and fighting for justice.

Joy Jin
Joy Jin5 years ago

She's a very brave woman to stay calm and in control during the time.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

I'm deeply sorry for her, but glad that she wants justice, and the police to use her pictures.

Lika S.
Lika S.5 years ago

Bold move. I hope she gets justice.

dawn w.
Dawn W.5 years ago

Hope they catch the bastard.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan5 years ago

I hope she gets justice,she gave this male a chance to leave but he came back to prove what kind of scum he is.

Fausto M.
Fausto M.5 years ago

Nevermind the cell phone, Next time record him with a 9 MM . ,
The one with the 15 round clip , You know? Send that bastard
to heck in a hurry, That will send a message to other potential
rapists, Thats for sure...

Kate Florio
Kate F.5 years ago

If they have DNA, MAYBE there will be justice, but most of the time, apparently, no matter what the evidence, the perp will get the justice.

Mike S.
Mike S.5 years ago

Cell phones are nice...but in the home a heavy pistol with hollow points would be more welcomed at a time like this...the woman may end up with HIV...and you can bet the gov't is not going to provide insurance coverage. Three in the chest, 1 in the eye, and one in the ceiling to demonstrate a warning shot was made before the perp attempted the assault. Then, instead of having legalese, you would have justice.

Tiffany P.
Tiffany P.5 years ago

Good on her.

It is important to remember that rape is a crime of power, not lust. Anyone who has done any study at all can tell you this, but courts are full of overfed, ignorant judges who will listen to lawyers say that she was "provocatively dressed" and that he came from a poor upbringing.

Think I'm cynical? Look at the statistics! Thank God for the Slut Walk - about time this was publically addressed! Now let's see the legislators DO something about it! It's not fair for victims of rape to be "raped twice - once at the crime scene, once in the court room" (can't remember who said that but I remember the article I read it from). MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENT CRIME!