Woman Experiences 19 Hour Rape and Torture
On April 13, 2007, a 23-year-old Columbia University journalism student was followed from the elevator in her apartment building to her apartment door by Robert A. Williams. He asked if she knew where a Mrs. Evans lives and when she stopped and hesitated, her had the perfect opportunity to force himself into the woman’s apartment.
After forcing himself into the woman’s apartment, Robert A. Williams, 31, put the woman in a chokehold and slapped her cellphone out of her hand. After turning a clock to the wall so the woman didn’t know what time it was, he raped her repeatedly and cut her hair because “he wanted to see her face, her fear and humiliation.” He made her sit in her bath tub and told her to gouge her own eyes out with a pair of scissors. When she refused, he punished her by throwing boiling water onto her face and body which caused such a jolt, that she broke her wrists out of the restraints he had put on her earlier.
Throughout the 19 hour ordeal, he had also doused the woman with bleach, forced her to swallow handfuls of pills and chase them with beer, sealed her mouth with glue, and bound her wrists and legs with shoelaces, cords and duct tape. When told to gouge her own eyes out with a pair of scissors the second time, she held the scissors in between her knees and lowered herself onto it, turning her head at the last minute and stabbing herself in the neck, hoping to kill herself–But it didn’t work.
After slicing the woman’s eyelids open intending to ruin her vision because “a blind witness could never identify her attacker,” he fastened her legs and arms to a futon, and she lost consciousness. When she awoke, she smelled smoke and got herself (and the futon she was fastened to so she couldn’t move) to the fire and used it to free her arms.
This is an intense, scary, horrific and very, very real story. More people need to speak up about this type of violence because it happens and it isn’t always making headlines.