By Jennifer DelgadoAlexandria Clarke stood in the middle of a Chicago park on a chilly Sunday and tried to sort out her thoughts before the news conference began.
But Clarke couldn’t decide what to say. So she tightly grabbed her mother’s and best friend’s hands before walking 15 feet toward a horde of reporters and camera crews, all there to ask questions about her daytime rape just one month ago.
“I guess I don’t care if people know,” the soft-spoken 22-year-old said of her decision to come forward publicly. “I’m not ashamed. A crime is a crime.”
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