LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Nearly four months after climbing an electrical substation to get away from an alleged sexual assault, a Little Rock woman is talking about her harrowing experience.
” It was a big grey cylinder looking thing and I don’t even remember touching it,” says Rachel Adams as she recounts what happened the night of October 3, 2016.
“It’s still very raw.” Just like the scars that cover her body she says the memories will never leave her.
That autumn night she says she got into an argument with her boyfriend and left his house on foot. She ended up at Walmart where she got a ride with Courvoisiea Allen.
“He’d given me rides before,” says Adams. “We’re from the same small town.”
Once in the car, Adams says Allen asked her to perform oral sex. She says when she told him “no” he pulled a knife. “At that point I knew my life was in danger,” says Adams
Adams ran toward the Entergy electrical substation on Kanis and climbed the fence hoping to get away. She says when Allen followed her she began to climb the tower. Adams says when Allen grabbed her shoe, she reached for whatever was in front of her and that’s when she was severely shocked.
She suffered first and second degree burns on forty percent of her body and spent the first month at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, half of that time in a medically induced coma.
“The pain was indescribable,” says Adams.
Three skin graft surgeries and four months later, she’s alive.
“The physical injuries are minute in my opinion to the mental and emotional damage that’s been done,” says Adams.
She knows her road to recovery is a long one, but is grateful to be alive. “I don’t want to be a victim,” says Adams. “I am, but I don’t want to live my life as one.”
Allen’s bail was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000. He was released from jail last week. Adams will testify in court on May 1, 2017.