January 6, 2014

Katie Schlinger - An assault victim in Aiken, South Carolina

Katie Schlinger, age 26, was brutally attacked on December 20, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. 
Katie Schlinger

Katie was in town visiting her brother who was undergoing open heart surgery. 

Around 4 a.m., she was outside by her vehicle at a local Quality Inn smoking a cigarette when a man, Michael Antwon Fuller, age 23, approached her. He asked her for a cigarette, and the two began talking about their loved ones who were in the hospital. Katie told him that her brother was undergoing open-heart surgery, and Michael Fuller informed her that his uncle was a patient there.
Michael Fuller

He asked for a ride to the hospital and Katie agreed.  He instructed her to continue driving past several entrances of the hospital and turn down a dark road when he then pressed a .25 caliber pistol to her cheek and ordered her to continue to drive around.  It has been reported that he eventually sexually assaulted her while in the car, and the two began to tussle over control of vehicle.  They fought and she sped in reverse, crashing into a tree knocking Michael Fuller unconscious and she was able to escape to a patch of grass where she collapsed.  She was found and taken to a nearby Medical Center. 

Michael Antwon Fuller was found by the Aiken police half-conscious in the car with the pistol nearby. 

He has been charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. 

Katie spent several days in the Aiken Regional Medical Center and was later transported to a rehab center in Augusta, Georgia.  Her neck was broken and she has also lost feeling in the right side of her body and the use of her right shoulder and hand.  She was operated on twice in December. 

Doctors told Katie Schlinger that she may never walk again. However she is determined that she will recover and has taken almost 100 steps during therapy. 
Pray for Katie's

Katie Schlinger is uninsured, and currently, her total medical bills are already upwards of $250,000. An online fundraising campaign has been started to help raise money to pay her medical bills.

Hindsight is 20-20.  However, it goes without saying that young women should not be standing outside at 4:00 a.m. smoking or doing anything else in a public area.  This is an open invitation to wing-nuts to approach you and to hurt you.  We all know this. But we all have an invincibility mindset in our heads in which bad things happen to others and not to us, which is a false assumption in the modern era. 

Pray for this young woman, that she recovers her health and her mobility.  

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring pain and suffering to strangers. Amen. 

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