Victims of sexual assault will typically do whatever they can do to protect themselves against an attacker. A South Carolina woman who was allegedly overpowered by a stranger chose an unusual way of making sure the perpetrator could be identified later. Her plan worked and a teenager is now facing several charges in addition to sex crimes.
A police report indicates that a call to report an assault was received from a 33-year-old woman on a recent Friday morning. The woman reported that a 16-year-old boy knocked on her door at approximately 6:30 a.m. She claimed that, upon opening the door, the teenager pushed her back into the house while threatening her with a knife. He reportedly got her into the bedroom and forced her onto the bed before proceeding to attempt to rape her.
The victim says when she kicked the teen in the groin, he became more aggressive and threatened to kill her. When he tried to force his tongue into the victim’s mouth, she apparently bit down as hard as she could, and actually bit right through his tongue. This gave her the opportunity to escape and call the police. The teenager was reportedly located when his mother called 911 to report her son’s missing tongue. The police report states that the boy’s tongue was recovered from the crime scene.
Authorities reported that this teenager will be charged as an adult, and he is now facing a count of criminal sexual conduct, burglary, assault and possession of a dangerous weapon while committing a violent crime. Whenever a South Carolina individual is accused of sex crimes, doing or saying the wrong thing could cause significant harm to his or her case. Whatever the details of the case, the best first step is usually obtaining the services of an experienced sex crimes attorney to provide legal counsel that will provide the best possible defense under the circumstances.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Woman Bites Off Assailant’s Tongue During Alleged Sexual Assault“, Hilary Hanson, Oct. 21, 2015