Rape victim's mother confronts attacker during sentencing

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville man was sentenced to 12 years in jail today for raping a woman at Fourth Street Live.

Joseph Greer was charged with rape and sodomy last year for the attack that police say happened back in 2011. Today the mother read a letter written by her daughter about how the rape still continues to impact her life.

“I have always been a friendly and outgoing person but after the rape a part of me was changed forever," says the victim's mother.

Painful words of a rape victim read aloud in a Jefferson County courtroom today by her mother. Joseph Greer was charged in the 2011 rape of a 21 year old University of Louisville student. Still today she explains it is hard to move on with her life.

“What bothers me the most is that a total stranger chose a girl at random who was completely defenseless. You sexually assaulted me, made me feel dirty and worthless. You had no regard for the damage you did to my heart and soul."

The rape happened in a parking garage stairwell near Fourth Street Live.

Greer was a person of interest since the night of the crime in February 2011, but wasn't charged until his DNA was matched to the DNA found in the victim's rape kit nearly a year later. The letter even prompted a response from the judge.

"It's not about feeling sorry for her, it's about feeling sorry with her. Feeling her pain to the extent we can. I think anyone in here that heard that letter empathizes strongly with her."

Greer will be formally sentenced in October.
 

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