Rape victim speaks to raise awareness
June 2, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The survivor of a sexual assault speaks out for the first time. Alexandra Clarke says she wants to raise awareness and wants the man who attacked her to be captured.
The sexual assault happened one month ago today near Clark and Devon in the middle of the day.
Clarke's family and friends have raised a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the 22-year-old's attacker.
Clarke describes herself as a quiet person. Yet, she is going public with her story in hope of generating any leads that will help catch the man.
One month ago Sunday, Clarke says she became a victim, a rape victim.
The 22-year-old was sitting at a bus shelter waiting for the Clark 22. It was 2 in the afternoon at a busy intersection. Listening to music on her iPhone, Clarke says becoming a crime victim was the last thing on her mind when a man sat next to her.
"He was sitting there for about 30 seconds to a minute," Clarke said. "And all of sudden he grabbed my throat, he said, 'You are going to take a walk with me.'"
Clarke says she was shocked and confused until he grabbed her throat again and threatened to kill her. While she never saw a weapon, Clarke says the large man forced her into a nearby alley.
"I was compliant," she said. "I didn't scream, I didn't yell, I didn't try to run, I didn't think of any of that. I as mostly in shock that it was not only happening, but it was happening at 2 on a busy street."
Clarke says she tried to call 911, but her attacker snatched her phone away. She says he then sexually assaulted her on a back stairwell in the alley. Clarke says the man took her wallet and fled. She eventually made it to the hospital and called her mother.
"I don't have the words for it. It's the most horrible thing that ever happened," said Renee Touchton."
Clarke and her family are going public not only to raise awareness, but to spread the word about a $5,000 reward they hope will help catch the attacker. Clarke is convinced the man is a repeat offender and will strike again.
"The fact that he confidence to do that middle of day, he has clearly done it before," she said.
Clarke also went public to send a message to other women to always be aware of their surroundings at all times of the day.
In hindsight, Clarke says she should have screamed or ran. But, she says shock took over.
The 22-year-old is determined to catch her attacker and move on with her life.
local, sarah schulte
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