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Medal of Valor Presented to Attempted Abduction Survivor

The Department will present a second individual with a medal of Valor for his courageous actions in helping ward off the attacker.

(from left to right):  Officer Christine Peterson (uniform), Officer Brian Stahl (shirt and tie), Jessica Taylor-Weiss (with framed certificate and medal), Detective Shawn Houck (uniform), and Sergeant Mike Mann (plain clothes)
Pictured are a few of the officers involved in the capture of the suspect and investigation (from left to right): Officer Christine Peterson (uniform), Officer Brian Stahl (shirt and tie), Jessica Taylor-Weiss (with framed certificate and medal), Detective Shawn Houck (uniform), and Sergeant Mike Mann (plain clothes).

(CORVALLIS, Ore.) - Corvallis Police Department presented Jessica Taylor-Weiss with the Corvallis Police Department Medal of Valor Saturday morning for her courageous actions on October 7th 2006 as she successfully fought off an attempted abduction and sexual assault in the 500 block of NW 23rd Street.

Jessica Taylor-Weiss

The award citation reads:

FOR extraordinary bravery on October 7, 2006 while defending herself from an attempted abduction by a convicted predatory sex offender. With her life at stake during a preplanned attack, Ms. Taylor-Weiss demonstrated an exceptional spirit-to-live as she ferociously and successfully fought off her larger and stronger attacker. Her fighting spirit was key to her own survival and led to the quick arrest, capture and ultimate conviction of the attacker who now faces life in prison. Ms. Taylor-Weiss' personal courage and valiant actions bring great credit to herself and earned her the respect of the entire Corvallis Police Department.

The Corvallis Police Department will conduct an award ceremony at 4:00 PM on June 17, 2009 in the Corvallis Library to recognize Department members for a number of meritorious achievements, including members involved in successfully investigating this attack.

During the attack, a former community member named Kelly Parkinson was riding his bike near the scene of the attempted abduction.

As Ms. Taylor-Weiss battled the attacker, Mr. Parkinson bravely intervened and assisted Ms.Weiss-Taylor by yelling at and chasing the attacker while calling 911.

The Department will present Mr. Parkinson, who now resides in Utah, with a medal of Valor for his courageous actions when he next visits Corvallis.

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Congratulations, Jessica. June 14, 2009 4:35 pm (Pacific time)

My name is Keith Smith. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn't a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet suburbs of Lincoln, Rhode Island. I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. He was arrested and indicted but never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime. In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence. Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri. Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them. Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, not sharing with anyone the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. What happened to me wasn't my fault. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other victims know that they’re not alone and to help victims of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience. For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope. My novel, Men in My Town, was inspired by these actual events. Men in My Town is available now at For additional information, please visit the Men in My Town blog at

Anonymous June 14, 2009 1:07 pm (Pacific time)

What a gorgeous gal. What I don't get is that this event happened in late 06'. It's mid 09'. Why did it take so long?

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