08/17/2013 12:28 pm ET

In A Small Illinois Town, A History Of Failed, Ignored Rape Investigations And Hundreds Of Untested Rape Kits


Rosa Pickett was 17 when she was raped in her hometown of Robbins, Il. on September 3, 1977.

She was walking to a party at night in the nearly all-black village of Robbins located in the Cook County region that also contains the mecca of Chicago. After being rescued by a stranger who found her in a ditch, he took her home. Her mother barely recognized Pickett’s face, which was swollen from receiving repeated punches during her assault.

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