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Kalamazoo Sex Assault Victim Thanks Community for Outpouring of Support After Attack

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Feb. 17, 2014)– The woman who police said was abducted and sexually assaulted in the Westnedge Hill area of Kalamazoo earlier this month has released a statement on YouTube thanking the community and her friends and family for support following the attack.

“We make our city stronger by standing up for each other, being positive forces in each others’ lives, and by making conscious and consistent efforts to improve our city and ourselves, bit by bit,” the woman, who is asking not to be identified by name, said.  “I’ve never been more proud of my city.”

Police said the woman was attacked in the early morning hours Feb. 5.  Two days later, a suspect in the sexual assault, Brad Mason, was shot and killed by police when they were at his home to interview him.  Officials say Mason pointed a gun at them, which they later discovered was an airsoft gun.

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In the video, titled “Walking is Still Honest: A Message from the Westnedge Hill Abductee,” the woman expresses sympathy for Mason’s family.

“I’m sorry you have to endure so much judgment while mourning the loss of your family member. I’m sure this is a very confusing and frustrating time for you,” she said. “Please have the strength to get through this.”

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  • Tracy

    I give her courage and pray for her recovery. I do not feel she has to ask his family for anything and they should never blame her for there sick sons action.We must all remember when people make choices in life like he done WE AS A SOCIETY CANNOT BLAME HIS FAMILY FOR NOTHING IT WAS HIS ACTIONS ALONE.WE AS A SOCIETY ALWAYS WANT TO LASH OUT AT THE FAMILY S OF THE PERPETRATORS AND THE FAMILY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HTS ACTIONS.She did nothing wrong and should never feel shame.she is a very strong woman and her posting this shows she will not be a victim but a survivor. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL INVOLVED EXCEPT THE deceased as the price of that 1 bullet was worth stopping him from ever harming anyone else.

  • need some compassion

    you are a strong amazing woman.
    a beautiful example for all woman of strength to show not only to others not to be intimated by abuse .
    To hold your head high and not be ashamed.
    Your family must be amazing also.

  • Freedom Rules

    I hope she's come to the realistic conclusion that self defense is a human right and the second amendment is an American birth right.
    Support the right bear arms, buy a gun, learn to use it and learn the laws, no one can protect you better than YOU.