Activists Rally To Support 13-Year-Old Rape Victim In Englewood

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Englewood community came together Tuesday night to support a 13-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted on the way to school.

Police have released a sketch of the man they say pulled the girl into an alley at 59th and Wood streets in Englewood, and sexually assaulted her.

CBS 2’s Pamela Jones report on how neighbors are fighting to make things safer for kids.

At a rally and vigil for the victim Tuesday night, Englewood residents marched to trample the fear growing on their streets.

Englewood Assault Sketch

A sketch of the suspect who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in the Englewood neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Just steps away, a man snatched a 13-year-old in an alley and raped her while she was on her way to school last week.

She got away. Her mom ran to a neighbor’s house to call police.

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“When she got raped, her momma ran here, beating on my window, because her momma walks her to school every day,” said neighbor Cloteal Davis. “This particular day, she left on her own.”

Davis said she’s lived near 59th and Wood for 53 years, but she’s never seen the suspect the victim described to police.

“I’m quite sure the rapist, he should have sisters, and mothers, and aunties, and nieces, and stuff. How would he like for them to do his like that?” Davis said.

Twelve-year-old Carlos Humphrey said he walks down the same street to school with his sisters every day. He’s afraid of what could happen to them.

“I tell them, ‘stay in front of me, and keep walking,’” he said. He knows walking past abandoned homes and vacant lots adds to the danger kids face in Englewood.

It’s why activists were calling on the city to provide watchmen at those kinds of places.

“We’re sick and tired of vacant lots. We’re sick and tired of foreclosures. And we are going to take our community back,” said one of the women speaking at Tuesday night’s candlelight vigil for the victim.

The community group “Action Now” organized Tuesday night’s event. They said they want the city to pass the so-called “Safe Passages Ordinance,” which calls for watchmen at vacant buildings within 1,000 feet of a school.

The victim of last week’s attack was just a couple of blocks from school, and just steps away from her home, when her attacker began talking to her.

  • tom sharp

    Good thing crime is down in Chicago according to Top Cop, even though he has been forced to call the feds for help fight it. Here’s an idea, hold all the G8 meetings in Englewood, that should keep the rapists away and maybe the protesters too!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      GREAT IDEA!!!!

  • monique

    poor girl, glad the neighborhood is sticking together, hope they find that monster

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    “It’s why activists were calling on the city to provide watchmen at those kinds of places.”

    Hmmm. Actually, this latest act of violent rape against a child was in an alley.

    But, a few years ago, a violent rape perpetrated against a young girl, volunteer watchmen from the neighborhood patrolled those abandoned buildings. Why did they stop?

    Instead of begging the city to PAY employees to stand around and guard abandoned buildings, why won’t the city tear down the abandoned buildings where children are raped?

    All abandoned, burned out, boarded up, uninhabitable dumps have to be torn down.

    A few weeks ago I heard Garry McCarthy on WBBM’s AT ISSUE. When he was in NY, they began to clean up neighborhoods like Englewood by fixing broken windows, painting homes, tearing down worthless abandoned buildings.

    Why can’t that be done here?

    Driving past, or walking past those buildings, they perpetuate the hopelessness; serve NO purpose and keep the depressed areas depressed.

  • Anglo-Saxon

    It’s not the abandoned buildings or the empty lots that are the problem. It’s the criminal element in the Englewood community. I certainly don’t want a single dollar of my tax dollars to go toward babysitters for abandoned buildings. I do have a fair trade off for the people of Englewood though. For every freind, neighbor, or family member someone turns into police, resulting in a felony arrest, they receive one watchman for six months. I sure most would agree, this is a fair trade off. The code of silence needs to end!!!

  • Just Axin

    Anglo- WORD! For all those “righteous” people marching, how many know about crimes committed where nothing was said? How many take $ from the gov’t unjustly? How many have drugs in their system? I do feel bad for the many good ones left with few options but to live in the hood.

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