Once it was unheard of for rape victims to give media interviews. It happens much more often these days. Case in point: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says that two days from now, Sabrina Rasmussen will get the chance she’s waited years for: She will be face to face with Terapon Adhahn — the man who admitted kidnapping and raping her in a remote wooded spot seven years before killing a 12-year-old girl. Adhahn is scheduled to be sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of release.
After the former handyman was arrested last summer, Rasmussen, 19, said she didn’t favor the death penalty. She wanted him to endure pain as she did, suffering year after year after year. Now she has changed her mind: “I don’t think he should have any right to live,” she said. “He took away plenty of people’s lives.” Adhahn, 43, told police he was raped by an older brother while growing up in Thailand. Rasmussen doesn’t think her tormentor should be considered a victim. She agreed to share her story so other victims can draw strength from it.