An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year’s Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ “Rusko” at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no ID. Security cameras caught the woman inside a Mexican restaurant walking away with six young men. The woman was found naked, beaten and bleeding at 9:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday morning, she was listed in critical condition and in a coma.
An employee of the Mexican restaurant said he saw six young men, who appeared to be in their teens, walk away with the girl. About 20 minutes later, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, some of the men returned to the Mexican restaurant and said there was a naked girl on the sidewalk. The employee said he noticed the young men had blood on their pants; he said he went outside, approached the girl and called out to security guards (presumably from the nearby Congress Theater) to grab the men. Three of the six young men were found by security guards and taken into questioning, with no charges being filed. In a weird twist of fate, the woman’s purse was found in the driveway of Chicago’s Cook County assistant public defender. Because she had no ID on her, the woman was not identified by her family until the next day.
There really are no words to describe how terrible and scary this crime is, but Chicago Tribune author Melinda McIntire sums it up best, writing:
Everyone knows the rules for safety about walking alone, going places by yourself, the standards of being alone. But at some point, you should be able to walk down the street and live your life. Look out for those around you and look out for your neighborhood. Don’t be a bystander. My thoughts are with the victim. Be careful out there and take care of each other.
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