SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Following the verdict in the closely watched De Anza College Rape Case, the plaintiff’s attorney, Barbara Spector of Northern California law firm Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, today released the following statement written by her client, Jane Doe:
“This lawsuit was never about money. I filed this lawsuit to get justice.”
“This lawsuit was never about money. I filed this lawsuit to get justice.
I thought that I would need a verdict in favor of me to make me feel at peace.
But I have come to realize that I have already ‘won’ by getting my day in court. Finally, I can begin the healing process.
I never believed I was strong enough to make it through this trial, and at the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to. But I did.
They wanted me to be quiet, they wanted me to be weak, but I stood up for myself and every other woman who has been frightened to speak, and ultimately, silenced.
I will be forever grateful to the women who I believe saved my life: Bryeans, Chief, and Grolle. These women gave me the courage to stand for justice and take action, just as they did that night. They are my heroes.
This is the end of the trial but not the end of my fighting for and on behalf of victims of sexual assault. The only positive outcome from my experience is, perhaps, my story preventing another crime. My wish now is for my full recovery so I can be the mom I want to be, and move forward with my life.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me, either directly or indirectly, through this extremely difficult time.”
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