have been in touch, by e-mail, with certain local residents in Deschutes county, Oregon, where the rape case against Kevin Driscoll is soon to be tried. For details on the case, see the post immediately prior to this. One of my contacts is, by her own confirmation, a personal friend of Kevin Driscoll, and in a recent e-mail she acts as a character witness. I share the pertinent sections of her message as follows:
"Kevin is one of my best friends. We talk several times a day, there is nothing about the case we haven't discussed; this is an embarrassing, devastatingly humbling and horrific experience for him. I truly believe that seeing the outpouring of support by complete strangers, when many of his own friends have turned their backs, is the only thing giving him the strength to tackle another day with his head up. When I thank you for posting his story, I mean it. Thank you.
"I did a little write up about Kevin. I spend my days writing e-mails, letters, comments and posts about his case, so it took me a minute to write something about him personally. I have never been asked to do that before. I have included it below, but I am not sure if it was what you were asking for. If not, let me know and I can edit or re-write:
"Kevin and I have been friends for years. I remember the night I saw his face on the news for the alleged rape. I immediately reached for my phone, I wanted to make sure he was alright. I woke up my husband; I couldn?t believe my eyes and needed someone else to confirm what I was seeing on the TV screen. Neither one of us could believe it. There had to be some sort of misunderstanding, a big misunderstanding, the police had arrested the wrong man. Kevin is kind and considerate, generous and loyal. Kevin is always the first to volunteer to lend a helping hand; my husband and I are grateful to be able to call him a friend. We've all made mistakes, done things we are not proud of, and have quirks we'd like to hide; being a violent rapist is NOT one of Kevin's. 9 months have passed since KTVZ news first aired his story. There was no misunderstanding. The crimes he is being charged with are outrageous and ridiculous. It is heartbreaking to watch Kevin go from being an outgoing, successful homeowner to being alienated from his friends and neighbors, losing his job and facing foreclosure. All the things that he has worked so hard for gone in an instant at the hands of a selfish woman who was just too afraid to tell the truth."