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Raped at 8 and Left for Dead, a Victim Raises Her Voice

Society & Culture  (tags: society, crime, abuse, rape, torture, violence, sexual assault, women, survivors )

- 3552 days ago -
(CNN) -- For nearly 20 years Jennifer Schuett has held onto every memory of the night she was abducted from her bedroom, raped and left for dead.


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Dee C (23)
Friday September 25, 2009, 4:02 pm
" It was August 10, 1990. Schuett was 8 years old and lived alone with her mother in the first floor of an apartment complex in Dickinson, Texas. The bedroom windows faced the parking lot.

Investigators were never able to identify a suspect, but new DNA testing may change that.

CNN normally does not identify victims of sexual assaults. But Schuett wants to go public with her story-- and her name-- to increase the chances of finding and prosecuting her attacker.

"It's not about me anymore," she explained. "It's about all the little girls that go to sleep at night. I know there are so many girls out there who have been raped and hurt. You have to fight back."

For that, Schuett, 27, is relying on her voice, her memory and advances in DNA testing."

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Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday September 25, 2009, 5:16 pm
This is horrible; She is very courageous and her determination is inspirational.
Thanks Dee

Pat B (356)
Friday September 25, 2009, 7:12 pm
I admire Jennifer for what she is doing. Remembering a rape and the physical description of her rapist is great for her, as she wants this man caught. My God, 8 years old. All this time!! . Bless her heart. I pray that they find the scumbag who did this to her, and that she has a wonderful life, she rightfully deserves. TY, Dee.

David B (34)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 4:13 am
that anyone ,especially a child,should have to go thru it . but to conrageously come forward on her own and relive it! what an awesome amount of courage this young lady has!! awesome!!

Kelly c (100)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 4:18 am
Woman of strength and inspiration! Thank you Dee!!!

Jo D (0)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 6:22 am
great, set an example for all the girls who are afraid to come out into the open with their horrible stories

Sharon Summerford (2)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 12:27 pm
I was raped so manytimes and never reported it. No one told me what rape was or what do do when it happens to you to get your power back. Dr. Kam Yuen helps relieve the gulit and grief and memeries of the gang rape. I had PTS for manyyears until he healed me. The Yuen method works for PTS not anything else I tried it all. Education about rape woul dhave helped me in Elementary school.

Christina McCabe (35)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 1:57 pm
Best wishes to Jennifer for speaking out.

Patricia N (41)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 3:09 pm
A very brave young woman. I hope they find the monster that raped and almost killed her. I hope people will make sure all windows are locked it's a sign of the times unfortunately.

Shirley H (49)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 3:41 pm
What a brave and courageous girl - my heart goes out to her. Let's all pray they find the person responsible for this unthinkable act on an 8 year old innocent young child.
Shirley H.

Clarissa S (4)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 11:09 pm
After reading this, I have so much respect for Jennifer for gaining so much strength as she grew up. It's really amazing. Such a horrific experience at such a young age must be so difficult to recover from. To hear that the FBI have not given up and see the strength in her as well is uplifting too. I don't know what else to say besides this story really blows my mind!

Mandi T (367)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 11:14 pm
What a very brave woman that suffered so badly.
Tks Dee

Jennifer Valenzuela (0)
Thursday October 1, 2009, 9:52 am
You are truly one of the strongest women I have ever encountered. To be able to find that inner confidence and strength inside you after such a life altering,horrific event is just amazing. He will be found. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story.
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