The anonymous woman states that Brian Keith McGuire raped her on December 20th, 1990 at her brother’s home.
The woman, who had recently undergone an unspecified, life-threatening surgery, must have had a near-death experience which prompted her take action against the man who had violated her almost twenty years prior. She told jurors that she deeply regretted not coming forward sooner. The victim had originally reported the incident in 2006 and the perpetrator was arrested in 2008.
According to court documents, cross-examiners attempted to question (badger) the woman into revealing how she had attempted to prevent the rape and the woman had repeatedly stated that she tried to push the rapist away, in vain. The cross-examiners again questioned her if she had tried to prevent the rape and she stated:
“Whether I tried to push away doesn’t matter. I said no and I said stop, Mr. Austin.”
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Simply because it is what it is, ‘no’ has always and will always remain to be ‘no.’
The rapist’s defense attempted to make it appear that the sexual encounter between the two could have been consensual, being that the woman had made several verbal “errors” during pre-trial in 2008. The woman stated that she was scared and nervous, thus explaining away her misspeaks.
Assuming that her accusations are valid and found to be prosecutable, I’m proud of this woman for finally coming forward after twenty years. Rape is one horrible, desecrating thing; to be so ashamed and destroyed that you’d keep it in for almost two decades is another type of torture altogether. Sometimes it’s hard for a victim to come forward in cases as such, especially being that it took place in a familiar environment, but it’s always the best thing to do in all instances.
McGuire, 48 and resident of Jackson, Alabama, has been charged with first-degree rape, sodomy and sexual assault. Luckily, in Alabama, there is no statute of limitations for reporting a rape.
The trial is still underway.