BC Gang Rape Update: 2 Witnesses Come Forward in Case
Two Witnesses Have Come Forward in the Case of the BC Gang Rape That Took Place in Pitt Meadows BC Two Weeks Ago
RCMP are applauding the courage of these two young people, but say more need to step up to build the case against the five to seven men who gang raped a 16-year-old girl at a rave party in Pitt Meadows.
The young girl was reportedly drugged, taken outside to a field and raped by several different teenagers and allegedly some adults. A 16-year-old boy who allegedly took photos of the gang rape posted them on Facebook and they spread like wildfire throughout the Internet. He was arrested and released and could face child pornography charges, while another 18-year-old man who was also arrested and released, could face sexual assault charges.
“We respect the courage that it took for these two young adults to come forward under extreme peer pressure. And I want to commend the leadership they showed as young adults,” RCMP spokesman Sergeant Peter Thiessen said at a news conference Thursday. “What’s really important now is that others need to follow their example.”
No details about the witnesses were released to the media and the victim's identity will never be released. The girl's parents issued a written statement on Thursday saying their daughter has now returned to school and is struggling to get back to her normal life.
"Our daughter is a very beautiful and brave individual," the girl's parents said in a statement distributed by RCMP.
"She is strong. She has returned to school and is trying to get some normalcy back in her life. There are a lot of kids out there supporting her, and that's also making a big difference."
The parents have been receiving offers of monetary donations for their daughter, but have declined, saying they do not want to profit in any way from this tragedy.