40 People Watched Teen Girl Get Raped On Facebook Live
Six people sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl from Chicago on Facebook Live this past Sunday, while as many as 40 people watched and did not report it.
The high school freshman was last seen Sunday morning, after her uncle Reginald King dropped her off at her home. The two had spent the weekend watching basketball, having pizza and going to church. Then, she went missing.
King said the next time he saw her, she was being sexually assaulted on Facebook live while 40 people watched, until a teenager had finally alerted him to what was happening.
"It was very, very graphic. She's pulled toward the bed," King told the Chicago Tribune. "There were adults who saw this. None of them had the wherewithal to say, 'Hey, I gotta call someone.'"
The girl's mother, Stacey Elkins, filed a police report on Sunday when she'd gone missing.
Chicago-based activist Andrew Holmes ultimately took the video to the police station, where her mother was shown screenshots and identified her daughter as the girl in the video.
Elkins told WLS the look on her daughter's face was "just pure fear."
The girl was finally spotted by police on Tuesday morning at 7:45 am, then taken to the hospital and reunited with her mother. Her cheeks were puffy, and her lip was busted, according to King.
Facebook told the Tribune that if someone had reported the video earlier, it would have been taken down faster.
"Live video on Facebook is a new and growing format. We've learned a lot over the past few months and will continue to make improvements to this experience wherever we can," the company said in a statement.
King believes the girl's attackers are a part of a group of "thugs" called the "beam team," who have previously terrorized this particular neighborhood. He said his "life's mission" now is to stop these kids from doing the same thing to someone else's child.
He added, "As a society we have to ask ourselves, how did it get to the point where young men feel like it's a badge of honor to sexually assault a girl ... to not only do this to a girl, but broadcast it for the world?"