Anchor goes public with rape story

March 19, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Maureen O'Boyle breathed a sigh of relief.

From the New York office of "A Current Affair," the TV newsmagazine she hosts, Ms. O'Boyle talked about her decision to go public with the traumatic story of her 1986 rape.

Ms. O'Boyle tells her story in the March 23 issue of People magazine.

"I have a feeling like I have told something that was a secret, and there's a big sense of relief," Ms. O'Boyle said in a telephone interview.

Ms. O'Boyle, 28, was raped in April 1986 in Macon, Ga., where she worked as anchor for the CBS affiliate's early morning news show. Her attacker broke into her apartment and terrorized her for three hours. He made her put on lingerie, took pictures, put a pillowcase over her head and threatened to kill her.

As soon as the man left, Ms. O'Boyle called the police. Her second call was to her parents.

Their support, plus that of her eight brothers and sisters, helped Ms. O'Boyle survive the rape investigation and her attacker's capture and sentencing to 50 years in prison.

"My family showed me unconditional love," Ms. O'Boyle says. "That was my medicine."

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