Teen gang raped at own birthday party
A teenage girl was left needing surgery after she claimed she was drugged and gang raped by 10 men at her own birthday party, according to reports.
The 15-year-old was celebrating her birthday with friends and family in the city of Rosario in Argentina when she was brutally attacked, Argentine newspaper La Nación reports.
An 18-year-old man, who reportedly knew the victim and lived nearby, has been accused of drugging her during the celebrations on December 12.
He allegedly gave the girl a drink which appeared to be alcohol before taking the victim to his house, according to reports.
An eyewitness said the victim was stumbling as she left her family home with the suspect, local newspaper Infobae reports.
Family and friends at the party started looking for the teenager when they realised she had disappeared and reportedly found her wandering in the street near her home several hours later.
Disorientated and covered in blood, the girl claimed she had been raped by 10 men at the suspect's house before collapsing, according to La Nación.
The teen was rushed to the Eva Perón Hospital, where doctors reportedly found her injuries to be compatible with a violent sex attack.
Dr Jorge Kilstenin said the girl underwent an operation due to her "considerable genital injuries" and received two blood transfusions, Todo Noticias reports.
"It is evident there was a situation of sexual violence," Dr Kilstenin said, adding that the victim remains in hospital.
According to the newspaper, the girl's mother told local broadcaster L28, "We were celebrating her birthday with family and friends. He put something in her drink and took her out of my house.
"He wasn't invited, nor was he her boyfriend."
COVERED IN BLOOD
She claimed her daughter was drugged when she found her covered in blood in the street.
"If I didn't get her to hospital, she would have died in my arms from all the things they did to her," she said.
She added, "I'm not going to stop until justice is done."
According to Pagina 12, Ramiro Gonzalez Raggio, head of the city's Sexual Crimes Unit, said he is confident at least five people were involved in the gruesome attack.
"We can confirm with reliable evidence that five people participated," he told the newspaper.
Two of the perpetrators are reported to be the brothers of the 18-year-old suspect, while a second suspect, a 26-year-old man, has also been arrested for participating in the attack.
The 18-year-old suspect's mum could also be prosecuted as local sources claim she knew the attack was taking place and did nothing to stop it.
The girl reportedly told psychologists she briefly remembers one suspect on top of her and also claims to have heard the mum of one of the suspects saying: "They are going to report you for what you have done."
Mr Raggio said the authorities believe they have identified the culprits, but cops have not ruled out the possibility of further suspects.
Cops are also investigating whether the victim was drugged before she was raped, but Raggio said detectives believe the girl collapsed due to the amount of alcohol she drank at the party.
The suspects could face 20 years in prison, according to Infobae.
The main suspect's house was also set on fire by neighbours during protests after the attack, the newspaper reports, which might have destroyed key evidence in the case.
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