Details of the attack are horrifying. Police believe as many as seven young men took turns raping the semi-conscious girl over a two-hour period. As many as a dozen others saw the attack outside Richmond High School and did nothing. The San Jose Mercury News reports some of these individuals joined in, laughed, and even took pictures of the brutal assault.
"She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other's presence," said Lt. Mark Gagan, a patrol supervisor in the city's Northern Policing District. "What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening, and failed to report it."
Police were finally notified when word of the attack spread to a party in a nearby house. One party-goer was appalled by what turned out to be more than just a rumor, and thankfully, finally, this person was the one only one who did the right thing, and called police.
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According to police, the girl left the dance alone at around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. She was walking to a spot where her father was supposed to pick her up. On her way, a schoolmate asked her to join a group of young men who were drinking in a dark, secluded courtyard. The assault began after the girl drank a large amount of alcohol and fell over.
Police are continuing their investigation and hope to make more arrests. The girl is being treated at a local hospital.