She remembered her older cousin urging her to keep it a secret. He had said she would get in trouble if she told anyone that he had touched her. How her grandmother would be upset.
A year later, as she walked home from school, two boys forced her into a Victorian house and raped her. She was in the second grade. How could she tell anyone, she wondered? She didn’t even know who the boys were.
Kim Foxx, 46, carried those traumas with her when she stepped to a podium earlier this month and made an extraordinary request in her first term as Chicago’s top prosecutor: She wanted anyone with sexual abuse allegations against the R&B artist R. Kelly to come forward.
The plea came in the wake of a six-hour television documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which several women accused him of abuse, including keeping them in a house and controlling them with fear and intimidation.
Tensions in Mr. Kelly’s hometown Chicago have long simmered over rumors about his behavior, and a widespread belief that serious allegations were played down over the years because of his talent and because his accusers were black women.
Mr. Kelly has repeatedly denied the allegations. His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, did not respond to requests for comment. But he told The Chicago Sun-Times that Ms. Foxx was unfairly prejudicing his client.
“The lead prosecutor should be silent until there’s evidence,” he said.
Ms. Foxx, the first black woman to serve as the Cook County state’s attorney, was in high school in Chicago when Mr. Kelly began to make a name for himself in the city — and not just for his music. Local residents say he also had a reputation for hanging out with young girls.
Chicago prosecutors tried Mr. Kelly on child pornography charges in 2008 when Ms. Foxx was a sex crimes prosecutor in the office. In her circles, Mr. Kelly’s “Step In the Name of Love” was always on the barbecue playlist, and his song “I Believe I Can Fly” a staple at graduations.
“This is about, for me, opening the doors,” Ms. Foxx said of her request that people with abuse allegations come forward. “We should allow people to have the opportunity to tell their stories and then vet them.”
In a city where Mr. Kelly has become part of the cultural fabric, the suggestion was explosive. Public sentiment has been tilting against Mr. Kelly since the documentary, but support for him is still easy to find in Chicago.
After the documentary aired, Mr. Kelly celebrated his birthday at a Southside nightclub, singing powerfully as adoring fans cheered him on.
Anaya Frazier, a 17-year-old junior at Gwendolyn Brooks Preparatory Academy in Chicago, said two boys recently blasted R. Kelly songs in the cafeteria. When she asked a security guard to get them to turn it off, she said the guard told her to “get over it,” and that the music was not hurting her.
“A lot of young folks in Chicago, they talk about the R. Kelly situation as if it’s a joke,” said Anaya, who takes part in A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit that uses the arts to empower young girls.
Two decades ago, Anaya’s mother, Tiahanna Robinson, went to Kenwood Academy, the same high school that Mr. Kelly had attended. Ms. Robinson said she remembered Mr. Kelly, who had long since left the school, as one of many men who used to hang around the campus and spend time with female students.
“I knew it was wrong,” said Ms. Robinson, 37. “But at the same time, it was normal almost because that’s what was going on in the area.”
Ms. Robinson said she was no longer a fan of R. Kelly, but her boyfriend still plays his music, arguing that you can love the art and not the artist.
Whether they listen to Mr. Kelly’s music or not, Ms. Robinson said, black Chicagoans are unified in acknowledging “that they don’t protect their women and it’s time for them to step up.”
The documentary on Mr. Kelly “sickened me,” Ms. Foxx said. But she insisted that she was separating her feelings as a prosecutor, who must follow the law and the evidence, from those as a sexual assault survivor and mother of two teenage daughters.
As a toddler, Ms. Foxx lived in the Cabrini-Green public housing complex with her mother before the family moved around to apartments on the North Side.
Ms. Foxx said she knew she wanted to become a lawyer when she was about 6 years old and her mother brought her to court for a proceeding to get child support from Ms. Foxx’s father. Ms. Foxx said she remembered being impressed by the lawyers’ fancy language and the fact that they were trying to help her mother.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree at Southern Illinois University and then worked for Cook County as a guardian representing neglected children.
One case stood out. A 14-year-old client was abused by her stepfather, and the girl’s mother blamed her for the abuse and accused her of seducing the man, Ms. Foxx said. Ms. Foxx said she could not fathom that anyone could fault a child in a situation like that.
When she joined the Cook County state’s attorney office in 2001, she prosecuted sex crimes with a focus on people victimized by those in positions of authority.
A year after she became a prosecutor, the office filed 21 counts of child pornography charges against Mr. Kelly in connection with a tape of Mr. Kelly having sex with someone prosecutors asserted was a minor. A jury acquitted Mr. Kelly of all charges despite a 27-minute video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with and urinating on an underage girl. In local media reports, some jurors said that they couldn’t be certain about the identity of the female in the video.
Ms. Foxx was not involved in Mr. Kelly’s prosecution at that time, but she had a front-row seat not just to the drama playing out in court, but also to the one in the community.
At family outings, she said, she would hear his defenders question whether the girl in the tape was a willing participant, and whether this was simply an attempt to take down a black man at the height of his career.
Ms. Foxx would not say whether she still listens to Mr. Kelly’s music, saying that she did not want to show any bias in the event that there is a case against him. And she has insisted that the old prosecution had no bearing on her current actions as the state’s attorney.
Her office has received more than a dozen reports about Mr. Kelly since she made her request, she said. Two of the reports, she said, came from families that lost contact with relatives the families believed were being coerced by Mr. Kelly.
She said investigators would look into the complaints and that she would make a determination on how to proceed.
Ms. Foxx said she needed to be proactive in such cases, in part because survivors of sex crimes have a difficult time in coming forward.
“I hope that the public has seen that there is a real need to have conversations about sexual abuse and sexual assault,” she said, “particularly with young victims.”B:
2016年143期平码【说】【时】【迟】，【那】【时】【快】。**【岚】【一】【个】【纵】【深】【接】【住】【了】【被】【甩】【出】【来】【的】【楠】【笙】。【楠】【笙】【醉】【眼】【朦】【胧】【的】【窝】【在】**【岚】【的】【怀】【里】【咯】【咯】【直】【笑】。 【齐】【晟】【灏】【凑】【近】【一】【看】，【霎】【时】【捂】【住】【鼻】【息】：“【姑】【奶】【奶】，【你】【这】【是】【喝】【了】【多】【少】？【一】【股】【酒】【味】【儿】！” 【那】【猥】【琐】【公】【子】【见】【人】【捷】【足】【先】【登】，【这】【下】【可】【不】【干】【了】！【大】【声】【呵】【斥】【道】：“【哪】【儿】【来】【的】【小】【子】【敢】【跟】【爷】【抢】【女】【人】！【快】【把】【她】【给】【我】【交】【出】【来】！” *
【箫】【家】【这】【边】【的】【鸡】【飞】【狗】【跳】，【箫】【奕】【那】【里】【一】【概】【不】【知】。 【小】【两】【口】【带】【着】【孩】【子】【过】【着】【自】【己】【温】【馨】【的】【小】【日】【子】。 【只】【是】【下】【一】【个】【月】【后】【箫】【老】【大】【找】【了】【过】【来】【说】，【箫】【老】【太】【去】【了】。 【箫】【奕】【当】【时】【愣】【了】【片】【刻】。 【箫】【老】【大】【哭】【着】【让】【他】【过】【去】【送】【箫】【老】【太】【一】【程】，【箫】【奕】【没】【有】【给】【他】【回】【复】。 【这】【天】【的】【箫】【奕】【变】【得】【很】【沉】【默】，【闷】【声】【做】【事】。 【云】【轻】【落】【担】【心】【他】，“【奕】【大】【哥】，【你】【没】【事】【吧】2016年143期平码【把】【这】【些】【都】【安】【顿】【好】【之】【后】，【张】【凯】【的】【电】【话】【也】【是】【适】【时】【打】【了】【过】【来】，【萧】【翎】【直】【接】【让】【他】【们】【来】【顺】【意】【斋】【找】【我】【们】，【便】【草】【草】【挂】【了】【电】【话】。 “【沈】【怀】，【我】【一】【会】【儿】【给】【你】【准】【备】【些】【东】【西】，【你】【一】【定】【要】【收】【好】，【等】【入】【了】【地】【府】，【会】【有】【大】【用】【的】。 【其】【实】【我】【很】【奇】【怪】，【为】【什】【么】【萧】【翎】【这】【次】【看】【起】【来】【那】【么】【紧】【张】，【就】【好】【像】【有】【大】【事】【要】【发】【生】【一】【样】，【结】【果】【我】【一】【问】【他】，【他】【竟】【然】【真】【的】【点】【了】【点】【头】，
【四】【季】【轮】【回】，【秋】【叶】【泛】【黄】，【原】【本】【牙】【牙】【学】【语】【的】【小】【人】【儿】【已】【经】【渐】【渐】【长】【大】，【集】【合】【了】【林】【辞】【若】【和】【宁】【白】【优】【良】【基】【因】【的】【宁】【霁】【小】【同】【学】【已】【经】【可】【以】【看】【出】【帅】【哥】【的】【模】【样】。 【当】【婴】【儿】【肥】【褪】【去】，【面】【部】【线】【条】【变】【得】【立】【体】【俊】【朗】，【任】【谁】【看】【到】【了】【都】【要】【为】【之】【着】【迷】。 【宁】【白】【一】【直】【担】【心】【的】【事】【情】【并】【没】【有】【发】【生】，【因】【为】【在】【宁】【霁】【六】【岁】【的】【时】【候】，【家】【里】【又】【多】【了】【一】【名】【小】【成】【员】，【那】【就】【是】【宁】【白】【的】【小】【情】
【花】【朵】【幼】【儿】【园】。 【小】【班】【老】【师】【笑】【呵】【呵】【的】【看】【着】【家】【长】【们】【一】【个】【个】【把】【孩】【子】【们】【给】【带】【走】，【除】【了】【这】【个】【硬】【骨】【头】【白】【逸】，【五】【六】【岁】【的】【白】【逸】【穿】【着】【一】【身】【小】【背】【带】【裤】，【一】【脸】【死】【鱼】【眼】【倒】【是】【和】【长】【大】【以】【后】【区】【别】【不】【大】，【整】【个】【人】【散】【发】【着】【一】【股】【冷】【气】。 “【季】【先】【生】【接】【孩】【子】【啊】?！”【小】【班】【老】【师】【仿】【佛】【是】【看】【到】【了】【大】【佬】，【硬】【生】【生】【蹦】【了】【起】【来】，【把】【白】【逸】【交】【在】【了】【他】【手】【上】。 【现】【在】【的】【孩】【子】【脾】
【旋】【即】，【萧】【易】【忽】【然】【问】【道】：“【器】【灵】，【我】【的】【元】【神】【都】【融】【入】【了】【世】【界】【意】【识】，【现】【在】【算】【是】【什】【么】【状】【态】？” 【器】【灵】【冰】【冷】【声】【音】【响】【起】：“【先】【天】【灵】【光】，【也】【就】【是】【你】【的】【生】【命】【印】【记】，【承】【载】【着】【你】【的】【核】【心】【意】【识】，【如】【果】【修】【炼】【到】【了】【天】【仙】【境】【界】，【就】【可】【以】【凝】【炼】【为】【不】【灭】【真】【灵】！【现】【在】【你】【可】【以】【把】【先】【天】【灵】【光】【返】【回】【上】【一】【世】【轮】【回】【之】【身】，【我】【帮】【你】【打】【开】【返】【回】【武】【侠】【世】【界】【的】【通】【道】！” 【萧】【易】【听】