Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

Shatia Lansdowne-Ware says she was raped. I can tell you that because she said it in court. Specifically, according to a recording of her trial testimony, that a man broke into her Baltimore home as she slept in the small hours of Nov. 10, 2011, tied her up, threatened to kill her and raped her — her two young daughters asleep in the next bedroom.

When he finally left, she said she grabbed her girls — clamping a hand over their mouths, afraid the man was still in the building — and crawled up the hall stairs to a neighbor's apartment, where she first called her father, and then, on his advice, the police. She sobbed on the stand as she recounted this. Read more