Dec 16, 2015 8:04 PM
DOVER - Wednesday, a Dover courtroom was a sea of red shirts with the mantra “be brave”, as 25 year-old Lissa Curtis is granted a restraining order against the man she says sexually assaulted her, to ensure she will never have to face him in court.
“Most women have to face and be in the same room and look in the eyes of their perpetrator, and I am so thankful that I do not have to do that, it is a rarity,” Curtis said.
Curtis is a professional dancer. She says her former ballet director, Cosmin Marculetiu assaulted and raped her multiple times when they traveled to Romania for a world ballet competition last spring.
Since the alleged crime happened overseas, and the dance studio is located in Burlington, Massachusetts, The FBI is involved and legal action is being taken across state lines.
“Civil action has been filed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against the defendant and against his employer, the New England Movement Arts Ballet Company,” said Curtis’ attorney Michael Delaney.
It is often difficult for victims to speak out. Curtis says she felt compelled to stand up and try to protect other women.
“In fact, just being believed is a huge fear for someone that’s been assaulted so the fact that I have this many people in one room that believe my story and are with me is so moving,” Curtis said.
Curtis and her team of supporters plan to petition change in state law so victims don’t ever have to face their accused rapists.
Marculetiu has not appeared at any of the court dates. NH1 reached out to his attorney, our calls were not returned.
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