EXCLUSIVE:Rape Victim Speaks Out, Convicted Rapist Receives Life Sentence
Usually, women who are raped don't want to speak about what happened to them -- but a 67-year-old woman in south Alabama shares her story of of how she was raped and beaten on the very day that her convicted rapist was given a life sentence.
"I don't know exactly what kind of woke me, but it was just the feeling of somebody watching me. And when I opened my eyes he was standing there beside my bed pullling his clothes off," Said rape victim, Guynese Eiland.
"The rape is something that dwells on your mind all the time. It just hardly ever gives you any relief," Said Eiland.
She says the rape damaged her body so bad, she spent eight weeks learning how to walk again. Now, she has a message for those afraid to report a rape.
"When you do that, you're letting the rapist go free. He's going to do that to someone else and to someone else... until somebody comes forward and shows them, you know, 'this is it. I'm going to put you in prison if there's any way possible.' Don't ever, ever let it go," Said Eiland.
She tells us she'll be receiving reconstructive surgery in the coming weeks.
Gipson will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
It's a nightmare 67-year-old Guynese Eiland thought she'd never have to face, when Darrell Gipson, who is now convicted by a jury, raped her seven times and snatched her out of her home in a matter of three hours.
It happened at her house in Highland Home in the middle of the night last March. Eiland says Gipson forced her to drive her van to several places across Crenshaw County -- that's when she says he beat her, stole money, and raped her again.
"After we pulled on the dirt road, we stopped at what looked like an old house and there he raped me twice. And then he made me get my clothes back on and come back out that dirt road." Eiland tells us Gipson then forced her to drive to a home. As soon as he stepped out of the car, she hit the gas pedal and escaped.
Gipson was found guilty last month on rape, assault, robbery and burglary charges. On Tuesday, the judge sentenced him to life in prison. While she's relieved he's locked up for good, she says she'll never be the same.