The 15-year-old Chicago girl who was gang-raped while about 40 people viewed the assault live on Facebook has moved to a safe place after being the subject of jokes and bullying after her ordeal.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the Cook County State Attorney’s Office offered the teen and her family relocation services and she is now in a ‘safe space,’ The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her daughter was scared to return home and that the family has been harassed by neighborhood kids.
Stacey Elkins said neighborhood children have been threatening the teen and have been ringing the family’s doorbell looking for her.
Stacey Elkins (pictured), the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped in an attack that was live streamed on Facebook said neighborhood kids have been joking about the incident and harassing her family
During a press conference on Friday, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the harassment the family has been receiving is unsettling, Fox 32 reported.
‘It’s sickening. It’s disgusting. You know, she’s been victimized once, now we’re going to continue to keep victimizing her,’ he said.
The girl’s mother also voiced her disappointment on how her daughter’s been treated on Wednesday.
‘This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny,’ Elkins said. She was reunited with her daughter Tuesday, two days after the girl went missing.
Elkins’s 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.
Police learned of the sexual assault when her mother approached Johnson on Monday with images of her daughter being raped by a group of five to six boys.
The footage showed the girl in various stages of undress with a group of males, the mom told CBS. She said her daughter looked scared and the men or boys were being abusive toward her.
The footage was removed from Facebook after police contacted the social media website. Elkins said none of the 40 people who watched the live stream reported the video.
The teen was finally located around 7.45am Tuesday morning and she was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.
Since the attack, people have posted threats on Facebook. Chicago police officials say investigators are looking into the threats.
No arrests have been made in the case. Authorities say the investigation is making progress.