I apologize in advance for the harshness of this topic, however I could think of no other way to hold the Michigan Justice System accountable for refusing to prosecute a man for his crime.
• Rape Kit verifies assault
• Blood on clothes because Kelly punched him in the nose
• Eye witnesses who came running when they heard Kelly yell and saw the rapists running from the room with a bloody nose
• The rapists confesses as the police record the conversation
• The Lieutenant of the reporting officer asks the DA to prosecute
Kelly is the daughter of a dear friend. This is her story:
In 2014 Kelly and her sister gathered at their mom's house for the first time in many years. On Dec. 26:
- The kids were all tucked in bed
- The bags were all packed
Kelly and her husband had been fighting during week. Her sister suggested they go out for a girls night and get a few drinks. This upset Kelly's husband and they had an argument.
Kelly and her sister went out... Kelly got really hammered. Not wanting to witness another argument, her sister insisted on going to the house of some guys she knew from high school. Kelly puked on the front lawn. Her sister helped her into the only bedroom downstairs where she helped Kelly puke in a bowl. Other people were in the living room as Kelly was passed out cold in a bedroom while her sister went upstairs with one of her friends.
Kelly woke with a guy on top of her and inside her. She screamed and punched him in the nose. The guy got off and said, "I think you broke my nose," and ran out of the room.
Her sister and the other owner of the house heard Kelly yelling came running downstairs. They saw the rapists running from the room with a bloody nose.
A rape report was filed and a rape kit confirmed the attack along with the eye witnesses who saw the assailant fleeing the room with a bloody nose. Blood on Kelly’s clothes provided DNA evidence identifying the attacker. The police have a phone call recorded with the rapist admitting to his crime.
Mark Jernigan, the prosecuting attorney in Roscommon County, Michigan, told Kelly in a phone conversation that they were not prosecuting because, "No jury will convict this man of rape when you left your husband and two boys at home to go out drinking with your sister."
Kelly asked, "Are you saying that if a married woman goes out and gets drunk without her husband that she deserves to be raped."
The prosecuting attorney chuckled and said nothing.
Kelly pursued this with the State Attorney General who said, "The prosecuting attorney is just making a strategic opinion."
"That's not justice," Kelly said.
The State Attorney General replied, "That's your opinion."
“I would hate for the press to get a hold of this story…” Kelly said.
“Go right ahead,” said the State Attorney General, sounding cocky as hell.
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When discussing her attack with me, Kelly Lowe said, “I proudly served in Afghanistan because I believed in this country. To come home and be told that my case wasn't going to be prosecuted because 'no jury would side with a woman who leaves her husband and son to go drink with her sister,' was more devastating than the actual rape itself. They were saying that because I was a wife and mother who had drinks with her sister, I deserved to be raped, and I didn't deserve a trial or justice. The man who raped me walks away free.”
Kelly also said, “Going through a rape kit and detailing the events to police men was one of the most humiliating things I've had to do in my life.” True to her fighting spirit, Kelly is willing to tell her story in public as she fights for justice for all women!
Surely there was something we can do to help Kelly fight this battle. I have added my voice to hers in the only way I knew how: I created a Facebook Event as a rallying point with the hope of gathering enough support that the media will pick up the story.
Will you join the fight for a trail for Kelly?
STAND with KELLY - Tell the Michigan Courts that this is not OKAY!
- JOIN this event!
- SHARE IT!
- INVITE friends to spread the word!
The biggest FB event has over a million people joining just to be part of it... Can you help us make this one even bigger?