The trial, which started Tuesday, is expected to last two weeks. The four women will have to muster all their courage to get through it — and the rest of their lives.
Three of them are University of Akron students. The fourth is a young married woman. They were raped in the University of Akron neighborhood during the fall and winter.
So far, the Beacon Journal gave the trial of accused rapist Christopher Butts page one coverage on both Wednesday and Thursday. The 24-year-old gas company salesman from Columbus has been indicted on 22 counts.
As Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh put it during opening statements, “This case is about four young women who were sleeping and were woken up by the terror of a stranger raping them.”
They have many courageous women standing in their corner. Some have tread the same hard path. Others can only imagine it.
Read about the Plain Dealer reporter who shared her rape story earlier this year — and how her courage continues to inspire courage in other women. A few share their thoughts in the comments section below that post.