Child sexual assault victim moves next to alleged abuser
Posted on September 14, 2015 8:00 AM EST
A central Florida woman who says she was repeatedly sexually assaulted
as a child ironically moved next to her alleged abuser, which ultimately resulted in an arrest four decades later.
According to the woman, when she was little her mother and her aunt were partiers and would often leave her in her aunt's boyfriend's care, D. Truluck, now 66, sometimes for many days.
The victim has not been identified due to the fact that she is allegedly a victim of sexual abuse.
The woman says that between the ages of 6 and 12, Truluck would give her gifts and drugs and that he raped her repeatedly. She eventually lost contact with her attacker; she dropped out of high school at 16 and married a year later.
When the victim and her husband moved into a mobile home on Truluck's property over ten years ago, she felt uneasy and her repressed memories returned. In June, the woman, now 46, filed a report with local authorities.
According to an arrest report from Alachua County Sheriff's Office, she confronted Truluck, who during a phone call that the authorities recorded, admitted to it and told her that he knows he's "going to hell" for what he did to her.
After his arrest, Truluck pleaded not guilty and is being held on $250,000. According to NBC Miami, the statute of limitations doesn't apply to the 40-year-old case.
In an email statement, Truluck's defense attorney, E. Sapp, told the Gainesville Sun that it is unusual to prosecute someone for such an old allegation, not because it isn't serious, but because the passage of time erodes the defendant's ability to have a fair trial.
The alleged victim says that the reason she came forward is to encourage other victims of child sexual abuse to do the same.
The woman said that she should have been a whistleblower as a child but she didn't know how. She said that in the face of threats, she didn't know what to do – she was a kid.
When the woman moved on her alleged abuser's property years ago, she saw him every day. She remembered him, but she had buried the traumatic events. She said that at first she remembered nothing but about six years ago, she began having flashbacks.
She had to seek therapy and that's when everything came to light. She said that after years of working on it, it all came back.
She told NBC News that she wants the community to know that if there is somebody who is afraid to come forward, not to be afraid to do so.
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