They would have to touch glasses, cabinets, and the kitchen faucet.Taylor tells the detective she saw an opportunity to escape once during the assault, when she thought the guys’ pants were around their ankles.Even as she was being assaulted, Taylor knew she would report this crime.“I knew I was going to fight these guys tooth and nail,” she told me.“I thought, .”But, she added, some of that anger and focus on getting justice was a means of self-preservation.“Part of that thinking was me trying to keep my head away from the possibility I wouldn’t make it out alive,” she said.Taylor has always been a feminist and a victim advocate. Taylor said he started pursuing her with suggestive text messages, asking her over to his apartment — alone — for drinks.She worked at Planned Parenthood as an intern in 2009 recruiting volunteers and at a domestic violence shelter from 2012 to 2014, but her advocacy is informed by personal experiences as well. When she refused, he continued to try to coax her to come over with a barrage of texts.She tried to lunge across the bed to grab her daughter, but as soon as she made a move in that direction, she was grabbed and punched in the back of her head and side and bent back over the side of the bed.
But, she told me, her daughter can sense something with mom is “off.” Taylor moved into a new apartment, and she sleeps with her daughter in her bed, bedroom door closed and locked, a Taser hanging nearby.I watch her as she scrutinizes every word and movement on the screen. She screamed, but he jumped on top of her and told her if she screamed again, he would hurt her and her daughter. “I could tell she was sitting up, and I was trying to feel if it was another person. Later, the men put her pajama pants over her head, lifting them only to ejaculate on her face.The first reason is fear of retaliation by the assailant.The second is victims of sexual violence believe the police would not do anything to help.