Jury Awards Record 1 Billion Dollars to Georgia Rape Victim Hope Cheston

Jury Awards Record 1 Billion Dollars to Georgia Rape Victim Hope Cheston

The guard, Brandon Lamar Zachary, is now serving 20 years in prison for rape and child molestation. Hope Cheston, now 20, was 14 years old when she was raped by armed security guard Brandon Zachary on a picnic table outside a friend's birthday party in Jonesboro, Ga.

Chestons whole personality changed after the attack, she said.

"Every victim has that-'Well I should've did this, I should've did that, I shouldn't have been here in the first place, '" Cheston said at the news conference on Wednesday.

A United States jury has awarded $1bn (£750m) in damages to a woman who was raped by an armed security guard when she was 14.

"The facts are just so in the plaintiff's favour when you put all of this together", she said.

"It was a shocking moment; it was a lovely moment", Cheston said of the moment she heard the juror's decision.

The Washington Post generally does not name victims of sexual assault, but Cheston identified herself Wednesday at a news conference.

The jury in Georgia handed down the verdict against Crime Prevention Agency, the security company that employed Zachary. In her complaint, she said she had emotional distress, pain and suffering, and depression. Cheston says she thought her case would be "pushed under the rug" and she now wants her story to give hope to others.

That left the Crime Prevention Agency as the sole defendant - the only entity on the hook for the $1 billion award.

Although it's unlikely the Cheston will ever see much of the money - the company probably will appeal, has changed its name and isn't worth anywhere near $1 billion, according to The New York Times - the verdict is at least a symbolic victory for Stewart and Cheston.

The guard told her boyfriend not to move and then raped Ms Cheston, Mr Stewart said.

"What that number stands for is the most important thing", he said.

Will we recover all that?

This shows that people do care about the worth of a woman. "That was a big win for us", Stewart said.

Asked how long it would take to collect damages, Stewart said he told his client from the start that "the money, at the end of the day, isn't going to matter".

Cheston's mother, Renatta Cheston-Thorton, filed the civil lawsuit in 2015 on behalf of her daughter.

When the trial was over, jurors reportedly walked over to Cheston, hugged her, and told her: "You're worth something". "I had to basically build up my own self-esteem and remind myself who I am and just where I'm meant to go and remember my goal on this Earth and not let this man feel like he took my objective".

According to the Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Survey, there are an average of 321,500 rape and sexual assault victims each year in the US.

To be sure, Cheston — who gave The Times permission to use her name — nearly certainly wont end up a billionaire.

But he said he had never heard of a $1.3 billion verdict in a case with a single victim.

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