Rape Victim Spots Attacker On TV Date Show
Woman Recognizes Her Attacker On ‘Blind Date’
(AP) VENTURA, Calif. A rape victim who spotted her attacker on the television show "Blind Date" got a $20 million civil court judgment, although she will likely never see a dime from her imprisoned attacker.
Ulrick Kevin "Ashwah" White, 32, of Santa Barbara was convicted by a jury of forcible rape and false imprisonment. Noting White didn’t show any remorse for the 2003 crime, Superior Court Judge Kevin McGee sentenced him in February to eight years in prison.
White allegedly approached the then-35-year-old woman in a parking lot outside a Ventura bar as she waited for a cab and she reluctantly agreed to a ride home in his van, police Detective Russ Robinson said. She was taken to a remote area and attacked.
The Ventura mother of a now-12-year-old girl later told police she recognized her attacker on TV and videotaped the "Blind Date" appearance and turned it over to detectives. Her attacker had been sought since Sept. 6, 2003.
In a civil suit claiming emotional distress, among other things, Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neill this month awarded her $20 million in damages.
White initially responded to the lawsuit but later failed to participate in any of the legal proceedings, her lawyer David Shain said.
The woman concedes she will probably never see any money from White, but she and her attorney said it was helpful in the healing process.
"It is hoped that a significant verdict, though likely uncollected, will assist the plaintiff in finally moving forward with her life," Shain wrote in court documents.
"There is no amount of money to compensate for what my client has had to go through. It is important to her recovery," he said.
The high amount of the award also sends a message about the dramatic effect such crimes have on victims and lets criminals know society won’t tolerate this kind of conduct, Shain said.
White initially responded to the lawsuit but later failed to participate in any of the legal proceedings, the lawyer said.