I have had a lot of harassing comments lately accusing me of making up the story about my attack. Why would I do such a thing? What do I possibly have to gain from that? I’m not asking for money. As for attention — I already get plenty from my website. Attention I never asked for, incidentally. I never really tried to promote the site, I just put it out there and let people find it.
If I were going to make up a story about being raped, I would have made up one that didn’t make me look like a complete idiot (for going with him into the woods). Also, I would have made one a great deal less solveable sounding. Say, the rapist broke into Jeff’s apartment in the middle of the night and attacked me while I was sleeping, and he left no fingerprints or DNA, and I never saw his face and didn’t even know if he was white or black. Something like that. The way I was really raped is an extremely solveable case: I got a good look at the rapist, and his image was captured on several surveillance cameras. You guys aren’t the only ones who are surprised by the fact that there’s been no arrest yet. I can only hope the police are biding their time.
The police did not ask me to help them make a sketch of the rapist. I believe the reason is that they know perfectly well who he is and they don’t need the public’s help to identify him. I have not put everything I know about the investigation on this blog, and I don’t know much to begin with. But from what little I do know I would be very surprised if they did not have a strong suspect in mind.
As for why there is no mention of this in the police blotter on the Fairfax County website…I had wondered that myself, but looking at the site now, I noticed something. The June 19th incident report, here, says it has incidents reported “through June 17.” The June 12 incident report, here, says it has all incidents “through June 10.” Reports for the intervening five days are missing. Contrary to popular belief, I guess you CAN’T find everything on the internet.
I was raped on June 16, and I reported the rape that same day. That date is one of the days where they haven’t posted the reports.
The day I left Washington DC, I went to the police records office and obtained, for I think three dollars, two copies of the summary of my incident report. When I got home, I had gotten a packet of stuff from the victims services people. I will happily scan one of my incident report copies, and as a bonus, the letter from the victims services, and show it to anyone who wants to see them. Just email me. And if you think I forged the documents or something, the incident report has the case number on it. I’m pretty sure that with that, you can ask the records office for your own copy of the report, and they’ll mail it to you or something.
If you don’t want to look at those papers, and you still accuse me of lying, then you are a pinhead who only wants to bother me and doesn’t actually care what the truth is.
The detective investigating my case is named James Austin. He gave me his card with his number and email address, but I left it at home and I’m at my boyfriend’s house right now. But you can probably find his contact info on the police website. Last time I spoke to him I actually told him a little about how people are accusing me of lying, and he commiserated.
I know what happened to me, the police know what happened to me, and there is going to be a lot of crow-eating around here.