(KCRA/NBC News) In August of 1976 Tracy Thomas was just 12 years old.
One warm summer night as she slept with the window above her bed wide open, something startled her.
"I open my eyes and I see the dark silhouette of a man trying to take my screen off," she recalls.
Her dad was working late, so she slipped out of her bed and ran to get mom.
By the time they got back to the window, they saw someone run off, but there was a strong scent in the air.
Her older sister was also home and told them to call the police, but as Tracy's mother picked up the phone a man jumped through the window.
"And then, all of a sudden, this guy appears and he goes into that like police officers stance, where goes 'Freeze or I'll kill you!', and he's got his legs spread apart, and I look at him and he's got a beige ski mask on, a t-shirt on, he's got a tool belt and boots, but he's not wearing any pants, and I think what is this crazy guy doing without any pants," Thomas says.
She says at the age of 12 she had no idea what rape was.
He told them to put their hands behind their backs and pulled out leather shoe laces, but Tracy's refused to let him tie her up.
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