Rape Victim, Family Speak Out at Rally

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

The community -- and a victim -- speak out.

Protestors gathered at the Shawnee County Courthouse today to show their dissatisfaction with a judge's decision.

People were out on these steps today because they are upset over Judge Matthew Dowd giving a convicted sex offender three years probation instead of prison time.

38-year-old Orlando Paul Cisneros was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old.

The attorney general, district attorney and the public have spoken out about the case.

Now, the victim is making her voice heard.

"Everyone talks about me, but they don't really know who i am so i thought it would be better if they know who it is they're supporting, even though its a good cause."

Those words from the 14-year-old rape victim of a man currently out on parole.

The people at the courthouse rally wanted to support brandi -- and send a message.

Judge dowd is retiring in 2008 -- before his name can be put on the ballot for retention in the november 0-8 election.

For the victim's family, it's not soon enough.

"There's a lot of victims that could come before him in the next year or 18 months...and if i was their family or loved ones i'd be terrified," said Mike Burlison, the victim's father.

The Burlison family is appealing the Cisneros decision -- they've said it will be a lengthy process.

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