The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped in an attack that was live streamed on Facebook said kids have been joking about the incident and harassing her family.
Stacey Elkins said on Wednesday that her daughter has received online threats since the ‘disgusting’ Facebook Live video.
‘This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny,’ Elkins told the Associated Press.
Elkins was reunited with her daughter Tuesday, two days after the girl went missing and a day after police learned of the attack.
She said her daughter is staying with a relative and is scared to come home.
Since the attack people have threatened on Facebook that ‘they are going to get her’ daughter and that neighborhood children have been laughing about the incident and ringing the family’s doorbell looking for the girl.
Elkins said she’s shocked by people’s actions, especially of those 40 people who watched but didn’t call the police, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said the teenager was found on Tuesday and they are now searching for the five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting her.
Elkins, alerted police to the incident on Monday after showing them screen grabs taken from the video.
Guglielmi said the girl knows at least one of her attackers and that investigators are ‘making good progress’ identifying those involved.
‘CPD is aware of the social media communication and visits to the family’s home and detectives have filed case reports and opened parallel investigations in reference,’ Guglielmi said in a statement.
‘Police Supt. Eddie Johnson also contacted the victim’s mother early Wednesday afternoon to check on the well-being of the young girl and her family.’ Guglielmi said no suspects have been named.
Elkins said her daughter went out to a store in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood on Sunday afternoon but failed to return home.
She later learned her daughter was the subject of the ‘disgusting’ Facebook Live video after family members and friends contacted her.
Elkins told CBS the footage showed the girl in various stages of undress with a group of males. She said her daughter looked scared and the men or boys were being abusive toward her.
‘I saw her face and the look on her face was just pure fear,’ she said.
The footage was removed from Facebook after police contacted the social media website.
Detectives are now trying to track down the owner of the Facebook page and the others in the video.
The girl is being interviewed by detectives who are treating the case as a sexual assault.
Her mother said she had gone missing once before but she was found later that day in a nearby park.
Facebook spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, declined to comment on the girl’s case, specifically, but she did tell the AP that the company takes its ‘responsibility to keep people safe on Facebook very seriously’.
‘Crimes like this are hideous and we do not allow that kind of content on Facebook,’ she said.
In January, the CPD investigated a second attack that was live streamed on Facebook involving four people who were arrested and charged with a hate crime for the torture of a disabled man who they held prisoner for days before he escaped.