ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Saturday, November 25, Brandon Belcher was arrested and accused of three counts of first-degree rape.
The woman he was allegedly abusing claimed he raped her 40 times in three weeks. Police said she finally found justice after walking around Walmart with him whispering to customers and employees to "call the police," and showing them a note in her hand that said the same.
Many people in the community had been wondering why she didn't or wasn't able to come forward sooner.
KEZI spoke with the Battered Persons' Advocacy to learn more about what kind of services are offered in the area for victims and why it may take time for them to be able to come forward.
Melanie Prummer, the executive director of the Battered Persons' Advocacy, said there are many reasons that people are unable to leave abusive situations. A lot of the time it's because they would be in danger if they did.
”Abuse is about power and control, and so when someone’s losing that power and control we tend to see things escalate," said Prummer.
She said residents of Douglas County can always use the Battered Persons' Advocacy as a resource.
Their advocates are trained and their services are confidential.
You can walk in or make an appointment at their office between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm. It's located at 1202 SE Douglas Ave, Roseburg, OR 97471.
You can also call their 24-hour hotline at 541-673-7867 or 1-800-464-6543.
Prummer said she wants victims to know that they're not alone in this, and they can get the help they need.