Kathy Shelton was 12 years old when she was violently raped by a 41-year-old drifter on the side of an Arkansas road in 1975. Shelton, now 54, sat down with the Daily Mail for an interview where she agreed for the first time to be photographed and officially recognized as the girl whose case has been getting attention during the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Clinton served as defense attorney for Shelton’s accused rapist, Thomas Alfred Taylor, and was successful in plea-bargaining the rape to a lesser charge of “unlawful fondling of a minor.” Taylor spent less than a year in prison.
Now, years later, seeing Clinton running for president is too much for Shelton to bear, and she’s speaking out.
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Expressing her outrage at the Democratic nominee, she said, “It’s put a lot of anger back in me. … Every time I see [Clinton] on TV I just want to reach in there and grab her, but I can’t do that.”
Shelton said she is coming forward now, so many years later, because “I think a lot of people would look at [Clinton] in a different way” after hearing about what happened to her. She told the Daily Mail, “I want to speak to the world. Out there at the White House, so everyone can hear me. … That’s always been my thing since the anger’s built up. I want to speak out like [Clinton] does, and let the whole world hear it.”
In a recorded interview with journalist Roy Reed, which surfaced years later, Clinton laughed several times as she discussed the case, and implied she believed Taylor was guilty. Clinton said that after Taylor passed a lie detector test, it “forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” Clinton can then be heard saying Taylor “got off with time served in county jail. He’d been in the county jail about two months.”
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Clinton argued Taylor’s case was made problematic due to a technicality. Clinton told Reed, the crime lab had thrown away a piece of the victim’s underwear found to contain the victim’s blood. In the interview, Clinton called the case “fascinating” and said she had a “lot of fun” working with the judge in the case.
Shelton now wants answers and has a question for the Democratic Party’s nominee.
“I heard you on tape laughing,” she said. “I just want to know, you’ve got a daughter and a grandbaby. What happens if that daughter of yours, if that would have been her [who was assaulted at age 12]?” Shelton then answered for Clinton. “You would have protected her. You don’t know me, so I’m a piece of crap to you. … Who cares about me, as long as you can win your first case as an attorney?”
Shelton told the Daily Mail that the attack scarred her for life, leaving her unable to have children or healthy relationships with men, and leading her into a life of drug abuse, which landed her in prison for writing fraudulent checks. She said had tried to move on in life, even reportedly not blaming Clinton for defending her attacker, but she said all that changed once she heard Clinton laughing in the interview with Reed.
Shelton takes umbrage at Clinton’s assertion that she is a defender of women’s rights.
“I don’t think [Clinton’s] for women or girls,” she said. “I think she’s lying. I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win. … If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old.”
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