At 19, Ashley Aldous Pangborn was raped in a locked room by a stranger. In an op-ed for Mic, she talks about facing PTSD and postpartum depression — and why sexual assault survivors deserve easy access to health care.
A Baltimore attorney was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly attempting to discourage a rape victim from testifying against his client by insinuating she could be deported if she did, per the Baltimore Sun.
Attorney Christos Vasiliades reportedly offered the victim and her husband $3,000 in cash if they didn’t appear in court and caused the case against his client to be thrown out, court documents indicate.
During a private meeting on May 18, which was recorded by the victim’s husband, Vasiliades and Edgar Ivan Rodriguez, who identified himself as Vasiliades’ interpreter, pointed to the rise in deportations under President Donald Trump to explain why the victim should not take the stand.
“You know how things are with Trump’s laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away,” Rodriguez said during the meeting, according to court documents. Read more (5/24/17)