A 14 year old Italian girl has been gang-raped by at least 8 men after a former friend set up a false Facebook page saying the girl was ‘available to anyone.’
The schoolgirl had trustingly left her Facebook page unlocked, allowing a school friend, reportedly acting in revenge for a petty quarrel, to paste pictures of her, along with her phone number.
After the teenager’s name, mobile telephone number and other personal details went on to be posted on Facebook “as a joke,” she was contacted by the men, aged from 16 to 25, and raped in a park in the port town of Molfetta in the southern region of Puglia.
The assault told the girl took place in April but she only found the courage to report the attack to police this past week.
Authorities have since gone on to arrest four men, one aged 20, two aged 21, and another aged 25.
Four other young men, who were under the age of 18 at the time of the attack, are also being investigated.
The teenager is said to have been lured to a public park in the town, which lies to the north of the regional capital of Bari, by the men after they befriended her.
Told prosecutors: “After inviting her to follow them into the park on the pretext of having a chat, they violated her one by one, heedless of her cries for help. Once the gang rape was over, the girl was abandoned there.”
The girl told investigators that the attack had been witnessed by a park warden. “He told me that even though he heard my screams, he didn’t intervene because he thought it was none of his business,” she told.
The men ordered her not to reveal the attack to anyone, threatening to tell her family and anyone else who knew her in the town that she was “easy.”
The intimidation continued throughout the summer, with at least two more rapes and other acts of intimidation.
The girl was so terrified that she destroyed the SIM card of her mobile phone in the hope of cutting off all contact with the gang.
The former friend who set up the false Facebook account denied responsibility for the attacks, telling police that “everyone in Molfetta knew she was an easy girl.”
The 14-year-old eventually confided in a relative, who insisted she file a report with the police.
Offered lead prosecutor Francesco Giannella: “This is a distressing and squalid affair,”
It showed that “many young people do not take into account the consequences of abusing social media networks.”
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