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18-Year-Old Accused Of Kidnapping, Raping Girl (Photo)

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A North Carolina man has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl.

Asheville resident Dylan Evan Smith, 18, is accused of statutory rape and kidnapping after McDowell County police said he abducted the child, according to WSPA.

Arrest warrants state that Smith "unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did kidnap [a 12-year-old female acquaintance]... by removing the victim from one place to another, without the consent of the victim's parent or legal guardian, and for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a felony, statutory rape."

Smith is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, reports McDowell News.

According to statistics from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 93 percent of child victims of sexual abuse know their abusers, with 34 percent being family members and 59 percent being acquaintances.

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In another story of an alleged kidnapping and rape, a 15-year-old girl from Minnesota was reportedly kidnapped and held against her will for 29 days by a group of men, WCCO reports.

Police said Thomas Barker, 32, Joshua Holby, 31, and Steven Powers, 20, abducted 15-year-old Jasmine Block from her home in Alexandria. The men allegedly tied Jasmine up, abused her and even tried to kill her.

"It was the longest 29 days of my life," said Jasmine's mother, Sarah Block.

All three men have been charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping, while Barker and Powers were also charged with first-degree sexual assault. Barker was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

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Barker was reported to be a family acquaintance. Sarah said she knew Barker, but had distanced herself from him because of his involvement with illegal activities.

The men reportedly held Jasmine at a foreclosed property on a lake. When Jasmine made her escape, she had to swim across the lake to get help.

"They were gone and said that it would be about an hour until they get back," said the teen. "I'm not a good swimmer."

After making her way across the lake, Jasmine found a farmer who called 911 for her.

Sarah said she was in tears when a detective came to her home to tell her Jasmine had been found.

"He goes, 'Sarah, we found Jasmine,'" recalled the mom. "And at that point I pretty much tuned him out because I was like hysterically crying. I was waving my hands, I'm like, 'Where is she? Where is she?'"

Jasmine's captors allegedly sexually assaulted her multiple times. She told police that the men had tried to drown her in a duffel bag in a bathtub, but she managed to survive.

"She's a warrior," Sarah said. "Just turned 15. Been through God knows, everything this last month and she had the strength and courage to do that."

Jasmine will return to school in September, starting high school.

Sources: McDowell News, WSPA via WNCN, WCCO, RAINN / Featured Image: Mindsay Mohan/Flickr / Embedded Images: McDowell County Sheriff's Office via WNCN, Yuliya Libkina/Flickr

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