A Chicago woman was jailed after being accused of rape for allegedly picking up a stranger in her car and forcing him to have sex with another woman in the back of the vehicle.
Cierra Ross, a 25-year-old resident of suburb Olympia Fields, was charged with armed robbery and sexual assault stemming from the alleged crime, according to DNA Info.Ross was booked Sept. 5 at the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, where she is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to police records.
Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Pillsbury told a Chicago judge in court on Thursday that the alleged incident began around 5 a.m. on the morning of July 26 when Ross offered the victim a ride, reports DNA Info. After he got into the car, however, Ross pulled a gun and “demanded [he] get into the backseat of the car and have sex with [her] friend,” Pillsbury said, according to the site.
The man eventually escaped and — wearing only his shirt — flagged down a nearby cab, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The cab driver allowed the victim to email himself a picture of his alleged attackers’ license plate. The victim also later picked Ross out of a line-up, per the Sun-Times.
Ross, a mother of two who works at a local Denny’s restaurant, has a previous misdemeanor conviction for prostitution, according to the Sun-Times. In a similar case in April, a Toronto man told police he was sexually assaulted by four women who offered to drive him home from a nightclub, according to the National Post.
Female-on-male rape is “presumed to be greatly under-reported,” writes Salon. National studies report anywhere between 1.4 and 3 percent of men say they have been raped at some point, according to The New York Times.
Another one in 21 men “had been forced to penetrate an acquaintance or a partner, usually a woman; had been the victim of an attempt to force penetration; or had been made to receive oral sex,” according to The Times.