PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Portland’s jogger rapist decades ago is fighting to lengthen the amount of time a victim has to take his or her attacker to court.
“Don’t underestimate that you can’t see the scars,” Danielle Tudor said. “I can’t show them to you, but they’re there, and they’re hideous and they will never leave me in this life.”
In 1979, Tudor was barely 17 when she said Richard Gillmore was jogging through her neighborhood, stalking young girls.
“I heard the doorknob twisting,” Tudor told KOIN 6 News. “We locked eyes and so he turned around and ran.”
But Tudor said he came back, and this time he had a weapon. She said she was on the phone with 911 when he began beating and raping her.
“He was swinging the stick, taking out the lights,” Tudor explained. “I was screaming and he said, ‘shut up or I’m going to kill you.'”
Seven years later, Gillmore was captured by police. But because the six year statute of limitations had run out, Tudor couldn’t press charges against him.
“Over half of the states in the country don’t have any statute of limitations,” Tudor said.
House Bill 2317 was originally written to lengthen Oregon’s six year statute of limitations in rape cases to 20 years. While it initially received good support, Tudor said one state senator took the teeth out of it, with an amendment scaling it back to 12 years.
In response, Tudor said she has ramped up her lobbying efforts and has a vow for other victims.
“I know what’s right and I know what’s fair,” she said. “I’m going to fight to the bitter end no matter what it takes.”
KOIN 6 News reached out to the senator working to change the statute of limitations to 12 years, but has not received a response.