A notorious Oregon rapist is once again seeking parole, but this time, nearly all the women who say they were victimized by Richard Gillmore will not be able speak out against him.
Gillmore has been convicted of raping Tiffany Edens 1986. She was just 13 at the time.
He was arrested after that attack and admitted to at least seven other attacks that happened in the 1970s and 80s.
Gillmore wasn't prosecuted for those attacks because the statute of limitations had expired by the time he was arrested.
Now, under a law passed by the state legislature in February 2010, only Edens and her family and friends will be able to verbally testify against Gillmore's release at his parole hearing.
The other victims, like Danielle Tudor, will have to submit their testimonies in writing.
"I was shocked. I was in disbelief. I'm telling you from my heart what I experienced from this man and why he should not be let out on parole, that's going to have a whole lot more impact on you than if I send you a letter and tell you this is what happened to me," Tudor said.
Tudor has submitted her written testimony and plans on being in Salem for the hearing next Wednesday.
Ironically, the only victim allowed to speak - Edens - will not be testifying.
Tudor says the whole process has taken a toll on Edens and her parents will testify for her instead.
The public can also weigh in on the topic by sending an email to the parole board by 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. Emails must be sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
All emails will become public record. A copy will be sent to Gillmore and the victims.
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