Rape trial getting under way

Rape trial getting under way

There are 16 comments on the Press-Republican story from Feb 3, 2009, titled Rape trial getting under way. In it, Press-Republican reports that:

Opening statements are scheduled for this afternoon in the trial of Harold E. McCloud III, a Malone man accused of raping and assaulting a woman and kicking her dog.

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TheTruth

Rineyville, KY

#1 Feb 9, 2009
Good God!! This is soooooooo sad.

“Cooking up controversy!”

Since: Sep 08

Land of Milk and Honey

#2 Feb 9, 2009
I'm more mad about the dog getting kicked. He can't even voice his opinion! I hope there is an advocate there to translate what he went through. Poor dog!
thetruth

Middleville, NY

#3 Feb 9, 2009
well the s.o.b. was found guilty, guilty, guilty and he will get what he deserves, as much time in prison as can be legally allowed. he has a sick and perverted mind and our society is better off with his garbage behind bars!!!
shannon

Denver, NC

#4 Feb 9, 2009
Wow,guilty already? That was a very quick trial. One question i had was if it happened once,why didn't she leave? So many options out there now to help ppl in these situations.This is not to excuse what Cloud did or didn't do,it's just a question i had.
Rose

Panorama City, CA

#5 Feb 9, 2009
Disarm rapists!
thetruth

Middleville, NY

#6 Feb 10, 2009
They only had a three month relationship (according to testimony)- so sounds like she got out pretty fast considering how long some abused women stay in relationships. If you've never been a woman in an abusive relationship I guess it would be hard to understand why they stay. I've read extensively about abuse, not just on women, but children, etc. and the commonality sppears to be 'love' and the belief that the abuser will change. This continues to occur until the abused believes that everything would be fine if only they could 'fix' (the abused person) themselves.
JustAMe

Rineyville, KY

#7 Feb 10, 2009
thetruth wrote:
They only had a three month relationship (according to testimony)- so sounds like she got out pretty fast considering how long some abused women stay in relationships. If you've never been a woman in an abusive relationship I guess it would be hard to understand why they stay. I've read extensively about abuse, not just on women, but children, etc. and the commonality sppears to be 'love' and the belief that the abuser will change. This continues to occur until the abused believes that everything would be fine if only they could 'fix'(the abused person) themselves.
Very true.
no name

United States

#8 Feb 10, 2009
I think he got what he deserved. I also think the girl was very brave and yes it was wrong with what he did also to her dog, But the person I feel most bad for is the girl,cause she's never going to get all of that trauma out of her head.
shannon

Denver, NC

#9 Feb 10, 2009
I just asked because looking back i wish i had gotten out of an abusive relationship faster. Now i try to tell ppl leave if it happens once! I stayed for 5 years,and then when i finally filed charges,i was stalked,taped with duct tape,chocked,etc... and the s.o.b. got 30 days in jail, and on top of that was out everyday on work release. I'm glad i did it, but it made things worse for me for many months after he was released. I'm glad that she only stayed 3 months,wish i would have been that strong!
Betty

Keeseville, NY

#10 Feb 11, 2009
I was in an abusive relatioship for over a year, and I'll tell you exactly why I stayed for so long: it was safer to stay, than to try and leave. The abuse I would have received from breaking up with him and trying to take control would have been much worse than what I endured by staying. I got away from the loser because he went to jail for something else, then I was finally able to safely get help.
Thank God that one of Harolds ex girlfriends stood up for herself, because otherwise he would have kept doing it to woman after woman. Now we can all sleep alittle better knowing at least one of these predators is gone away.

“Whats the haps peeps”

Since: Aug 07

Jacksonville, Fl

#11 Feb 11, 2009
Good riddance to scum like him
victim

Clockville, NY

#12 Feb 11, 2009
shannon wrote:
Wow,guilty already? That was a very quick trial. One question i had was if it happened once,why didn't she leave? So many options out there now to help ppl in these situations.This is not to excuse what Cloud did or didn't do,it's just a question i had.
Well I didn't leave because I was scared to leave! When I would tell him that we were done or that I wanted him to move out he would threaten my job, and my life. I always thought that women were stupid for staying in an abusive relationship, but when you are in one it is completly difforent.
victim

Clockville, NY

#13 Feb 11, 2009
Thank you for all of the support! It is nice to have people on your side. And I hope after all of this more women will come foward with abuse. Know that you can have justice. I was afraid that he wouldn't be charged, because it was pretty much just my word. Don't be afraid to talk to people share what is happening to you with your friends, even if you are embarrased, in the end it might save you.Take pictures of the abuse, and print them right away or give the camera to someone where it will be safe. Write everything down that happens. Because when you are ready to get away it will help. Lets work together to get these bad people away from our children, and out of our houses. Nothing will change unless you do something!
Thanks again!!
Victim

Clockville, NY

#14 Feb 11, 2009
Sweet Lady Chef wrote:
I'm more mad about the dog getting kicked. He can't even voice his opinion! I hope there is an advocate there to translate what he went through. Poor dog!
My poor dog was so scared of him. The reason he wasn't charged with that is because Daisy didn't have any injury from it, but she was hiding shaking and very scared. But she does not ever have to worry about that anymore. Even through all of it she is a very loving dog.
shannon

Denver, NC

#15 Feb 13, 2009
I am glad that you got away sooner than i did in my situation,i just wanted to know i guess was the control they have over you just as strong a few months in verus,years in. As in my case he was sweet as pie until he moved me 1000 miles from home and then it changed! Took me many yrs,and when i left i was then stalked,break lines cut on my car and on and on. And as i stated before then the s.o.b got 30 days in jail! They said i had no proof that he did those things,yet ppl at wk saw him stalking me,he came in and would walk around and around until i was done. I had to be driven to and from wk by family and or friends and escorted to and from anywhere that i went, but no proof?! Anyway you get my point here, good for you getting out ASAP! You are lucky that they aren't telling you that you have no proof and therefor no case.
Manuel Labore

Ocala, FL

#16 Mar 4, 2009
This guy is a real POS. Beats women and dogs!!

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