Judge Orders Rapist To Pay Victim $54,000 For Trauma


Nearly two months after a man was convicted of raping a 30-year-old mother of four, a Portland judge ordered the rapist to pay her more than $54,000 in damages and fines, reports the Oregonian. Prosecutor Chris Ramras had asked for more than $200,000 for the woman, who testified she’s been seeing a therapist for post-traumatic stress syndrome and hasn’t been able to work, putting her family in economic peril. A court hearing yesterday underscored the fact that rape victims not only undergo physical and emotional trauma, they may suffer economically, too — for months or even years after the attack.

Daniel Bluestein, 31, was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for the crime. The woman worked as a mortgage loan officer but said she was unable to continue after the rape because she was fearful of going to strangers’ homes, which was a part of the job. A defense attorney told the judge that if she granted this victim’s request for money, it would create “an incentive for a person to exaggerate testimony or indeed to lie [] for a pot of money.” Until he was accused of rape, Bluestein had been pursuing his master’s degree in psychology while supervising a 10-bed psychiatric home.

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