Hero Teen Hides Rape Victim In Michigan And Teaches Us Some Teens Do The Right Thing

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shutterstock_48104623Lately it seems that all we talk about are teenagers and how instead of helping people when they need it most, they instead react in the worst ways imaginable. This was not the case with a 14-year-old boy in Michigan who helped a rape victim hide from her attacker in the family bathroom. On Wednesday, Eric Ramsey drove a woman from the Michigan University campus in Mount Pleasant in her own vehicle to a home where he raped her. From

He said Ramsey then put her back in the Ford Escape and pledged to kill her, but she escaped the moving vehicle and ran to a home yelling for help.

A 14-year-old boy, his 11-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were alone inside the home when the woman banged on the door for help. The teenager, James Persyn III, told that he let the woman in, locked the door and grabbed his hunting knife.

He said he while the woman was using his phone to call 911, he moved her, his siblings and the family dog into the bathroom.

If that wasn’t terrifying enough, the rapist then banged on the door and threatened to kill the victim. When no one answered the door, he set the house on fire.

The boy’s father arrived home in time to put the fire out, and police arrived shortly thereafter. Eric Ramsey had fled the scene and led police on a chase where he actually took time to update his Facebook page, stating “Well folkes [sic] im [sic] about to get shot. Peace.”

James will be honored with a lifesaving award at a county commission meeting later this month, and this young kid totally deserves it. Most boys would have been terrified hearing a frantic woman banging on their door when they were home alone babysitting their younger siblings, almost any person would, but thanks to James he probably saved the rape victim’s life. What a truly amazing young man. I think there are other teenage boys who could probably learn something from his heroic deeds.

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  1. Fabel

    January 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Wow, what a psycho (it’s okay to call this rapist a psycho, right?) Thank God that young man opened the door.

  2. Marissa

    January 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Glad it had a happy ending…By the way, it’s Central Michigan University that is in Mt. Pleasant.

  3. CrazyFor Kate

    January 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What a heroic young man.

  4. geckomommy

    January 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I have to say that if he were my son, I’d be both very proud of him and a little angry. I was always taught not to open the door for anyone when I was home alone babysitting my brother; this is a good outcome in what could have been a very bad situation for that family. I’m glad everyone got out of it okay.

    • teena

      January 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I have a 12yo son and I’m not sure if I would be happy if he opened the door for anyone. I apologize if that sounds heartless because this boy was heroic and it was a rape victim, but it could have been a real bloodbath. What would have happened if the father hadn’t come home.

      Plus, it would be a very convenient way to get kids to open the door to prentend that you are in trouble. That’s why I teach my son that if anyone comes asking for help, like if they say that have a flat tire or something, then he should call the police from inside the house.

  5. Jessie

    January 23, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Oh wow, what a brave young man. If I were his parents, I’d be so proud of him. Hell, I’m proud of him and I don’t even know him!

    He took a risk opening the door to a stranger, which I’m sure he was taught never to do, but thank god he did it this time. Maybe he had some kind of intuition that he NEEDED to answer this time, the human body is very good at sending those kind of subconscious signals. Either way, he most definitely saved a life that night, and for that he certainly deserves that award.

  6. Sarah

    January 27, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Without a doubt he saved that woman’s life. What an amazing young man!

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