Florida Woman Credits Prayer, Scripture for Saving Her and 7-Year-Old Son from Rapist’s Rampage
By Heather Clark | christiannews.net
TAMPA – A Florida woman is thanking God for saving her life after a rapist on a rampage was thwarted in his attempts to harm her when she began ministering to him through prayer and the Scriptures.
Charles “Chris” Bates had just raped four women on Thursday night when he ran into the bold Christian woman. He had happened upon a group of University of South Florida students watching a football game at a Tampa apartment building when he bound the men and sexually assaulted the women.
Bates then continued across the city, where he found a woman at another apartment complex sitting on her porch. According to reports, Bates then forced the woman inside, and ordered her to undress and kiss him. Her 7-year-old son was sleeping in the next room.
However, just as he was about to rape the woman, whose identity has not been released, she asked Bates if he believed in God.
“I went on autopilot and did what I had to do and said what I had to [say] to survive,” she told Florida’s Action News.
The woman told police that Bates’ demeanor then changed, and the incident turned into approximately 30 minutes of prayer and Biblical ministry.
“We read the Bible together,” she explained. “I offered to give it to him. He wouldn’t take it, because he said he wouldn’t live through the night.” The woman then located John 3:16 in her Bible and ripped out the passage, handing it to Bates, whom she stated expressed remorse for his actions.
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