Hope Cheston, now 20 years old, was raped by an apartment complex security guard in October 2012 when she was just 14.
Her attorney, Chris Stewart called the verdict “one of the biggest victories for women in the United States.” Cheston’s lawyers believe the $1 billion settlement is the largest jury verdict ever awarded in a United States sexual assault case, according to The New York Times.
“A long-asked question was answered the way that it should be, and that was ‘What is the value of a woman who has been sexually assaulted,'” Stewart said. “A Clayton County jury – 12 people, white, black Hispanic, male, female – said that a woman who has been sexually assaulted is worth $1 billion dollars, and I think that’s a great thing.”
While Cheston will likely not receive the full settlement, the statement the jury made is what matters Stewart said on Twitter.
The story first appeared USA TODAY