An Arkansas woman who was severely shocked after climbing an electrical tower to escape an alleged sexual assault is going public with her story.
It all began in October 2016, when Rachel Adams says she and her boyfriend had an argument. She left the house on foot and walked to Walmart, where she met Courvoisiea Allen, according to KARK.
"He'd given me rides before," Adams said of Allen. "We're from the same small town."
This time, however, Adams says Allen demanded that she perform oral sex on him. When she refused, he allegedly pulled out a knife.
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"At that point I knew my life was in danger," she told KARK.
Adams exited the car and ran toward an electrical substation and climbed the fence. Allen pursued, at which point Adams says she began scaling one of the towers. That's when she was shocked.
"It was a big grey cylinder-looking thing and I don't even remember touching it," she said.
Adams spent several weeks in a medically induced coma and had three skin graft surgeries performed after suffering first and second degree burns on 40 percent of her body.
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"The pain was indescribable," she said, adding, "The physical injuries are minute in my opinion [compared] to the mental and emotional damage that's been done."
She went on to say that she does not want to be defined by her terrifying experience.
"I don't want to be a victim," she explained. "I am, but I don't want to live my life as one."
Allen's bail was initially set at $500,000, but was later reduced to $50,000. He was released from jail in January and is awaiting trial. Adams is scheduled to testify against him May 1.
According to FBI estimates, Arkansas has the fifth-highest sexual assault rate in the country, with 42.3 reported forcible rapes per 100,000 people, CNN reports.