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I am responding to the article on Jan. 22, "A quiet crime," (Page A1). A young lady very close to me was raped four years ago by an acquaintance.

I know for a fact that after the way she was treated at the hospital by the police - county - and at the police station she wishes she would have never reported it to begin with. There was not a rape crisis center then. Although we requested someone from another county, we were told it was unavailable. The male detective was in the room with this young lady as she was being examined. I was not allowed in the room with her at anytime. After the exam she was taken to the police station. She had to ride with the male detective. He said it was for the est. She was scared and just wanted comfort from a family member.

Then she was kept at the county headquarters for four hours or more being questioned while the perpetrator was in the other room being questioned. I only saw her once during that time for about 15 minutes. She was treated as the criminal in my mind. Oh, by the way, no he was not arrested. I am definitely glad to see the Stepping Stone in McLean County.

Kim Anderson

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