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A Crosby woman who endured a horrible, terrifying experience has turned her tragedy into something she hopes will help women everywhere. Kaitlyn Chase was raped. The year-old single woman was busy making a living, raising her young son, while trying to find that special someone in her life. Chase never imagined one of her dates — back in June — would result in her being sexually assaulted. Looking back at that horrific night, Chase said she should have been more careful, and inviting the rapist come to her home for their first date was not the smartest thing to do. But at the same time, she knows she is not to blame.
She is not at fault. Chase — like several of her friends, as well as singles across the nation — meets people through online dating sites and apps. Chase used MeetMe. Chase has invited first dates to her home three times, and it was always after chatting with them for a few weeks or so. They can pretend for a long time online before meeting them in person and then the real person starts to come out.
The third man Chase invited to her home for a first date was a year-old Brainerd man, who she talked to for about three to four weeks — not nearly enough time, she said. My 4-year-old son was almost 2 at the time. He was asleep in bed and we were just going to watch a movie and hang out. I am aware of that mistake. And the reason why I am here is to prevent other people from making Carlton Minnesota woman chat sex same mistake.
This happens way more often than people think. Chase said people might not think there would be a rapist in a small town like Crosby or Brainerd.
When she thinks of a rapist, she thinks of the larger metro cities. Chase met the Brainerd man through MeetMe, and he told her he was When he came to her doorstep on June 15,he looked like his MeetMe profile photo, but he appeared older. When she asked him, he admitted to being It escalated to the point where I felt threatened and unsafe and he is ificantly bigger than me. I am a big girl, but I am not a strong girl. He is 6 foot, 2 inches and massive. So when he threatened me physically, it was scary and I backed down. I will make it out alive to see my son in the morning.
I let it happen. I did say no and I made it clear that is not what I wanted but … he is ificantly bigger than me and he could have killed me if he wanted to. They are keeping themselves safe. According to the criminal complaint filed against the man, he started kissing her. She told him no, and he grabbed her by the throat but then backed off for a while before grabbing her by Carlton Minnesota woman chat sex arm. He then led her into the bedroom by her arm. He then sexually assaulted her, using both hands to strangle her around her throat to the point where she could not breathe, the complaint stated.
Chase contacted the Crosby Police Department a day later to report the sexual assault. She told the officer he sent her a text after he left and she responded back with something to the effect of, "I told you I didn't want to have sex I wanted to sleep Please leave me alone. Chase went to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and completed a sexual assault evidence kit, which was later submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing for possible DNA identification. Chase said from the time of the sexual assault to the time she contacted police she had not showered or even changed her clothes.
And at the same time, she said she just sat on her couch, processing what had happened to her. For a year, I blamed myself. I put myself into this situation, this is my fault. You never put yourself in Carlton Minnesota woman chat sex situation to be raped.
I know a few friends who have been victimized at some point in their life and they feel like it is their fault. There are a lot of victims who are scared to speak out. If I can help just one person, that is my goal, from getting raped.
Chase said it was a two-year process for her to see her rapist go to prison. After reporting the crime, officers made several attempts to contact the man by telephone — Chase did not know where he lived or his last name — but were unable to find him. Nearly a year later, on May 5,police learned the possible location of his residence in Brainerd. When police made contact with him he initially seemed unsure about knowing Chase, but after viewing a photo he recalled the night in question.
He stated he had consensual sexual intercourse that night, according to the complaint. He said the woman became weird after sex and mentioned something about him choking her. Chase said the officers never brought up the choking incident to the man. There was a jury trial and Chase testified. Chase said sexual assault advocates helped her along the way and gave her the courage to face her attacker.
When she testified in court, she focused on her advocates to stay strong. After he was convicted, she wrote a victim impact statement. The man — Isaiah S. Schuety — was found guilty June 6 by a Crow Wing County jury and then sentenced July 26 to 12 years in a Minnesota Correctional Facility and 10 years of conditional release after prison for three felonies -- first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration and great bodily harm, third-degree criminal sexual conduct using force and third-degree stalking.
He was also convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. Isaiah Stephen Schuety. Chase said the sexual assault changed her and she had to find a way to get through her days. She was paranoid before her attacker was in prison, that he could be lurking outside her residence, or his family or friends could be watching her.
Chase only sat in court when she testified. She believes what helped her case was Schuety mentioning choking to the officer, without the officer telling him about that detail. I asked for friendship, I asked for a date. I did not ask to be violently sexually assaulted in my home. Social media profiles sometimes have addresses and phone s. Do not give out a real phone right away. Get a Google Voice for free or download a texting app and get an alternate to use.
These s can be deactivated or changed until it feels safe to give out a real. When going on a date with someone new, make sure to always meet in a public place. Do not meet at home, alone in a park, etc. Do not allow someone unknown to pick up or drop off. It is OK to have a drink but make sure to keep an eye on that drink at all times. Never leave a drink unattended and limit consumption to remain able to make smart, safe decisions.
When using online dating, do not use profile pictures from social media s. A person can reverse Google Images search and find social media profiles easily. When going out on a date with someone new make sure to tell someone the plans and details of the date: Where, when expected to be back and any other details.
Sometimes, a double date may be helpful. Trending Articles. The Vault. Crime and Courts. Crime and Courts Minnesota rape victim speaks out after dating app nightmare at her home It was supposed to be a first date.
Instead, it ended up being a nightmare. The local woman hopes to use her personal tragedy to help others. Kaitlyn Chase sits in front of her Crosby home -- the home she invited a Brainerd man into for a first date. The man sexually assaulted her and went to prison for the assault. Chase encourages victims to speak out and offers dating tips for people to keep themselves safe.
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