40 People Watch Teen’s Sexual Assault On Facebook Live, Do Nothing

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Forty people reportedly watched the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live, and not one of them reported it to police.

The high school freshman had been missing since Sunday, but Chicago police didn’t learn of the video until the teen’s mother showed them screenshots of it on Monday. The mother, who is not being identified because her child is the alleged victim of a sexual assault, told police a family friend had alerted her to the footage.

Authorities believe the teen was assaulted on Sunday. They located her on Tuesday and took her to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was treated and reunited with her mother.

Investigators viewed the video, which reportedly shows the teen and a half-dozen men or boys, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press. The video was upsetting not only because of its content, but because there were “40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call authorities,” Guglielmi said.

Facebook removed the video when investigators contacted the company, police said. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The investigation into the alleged sexual assault is ongoing, Chicago police said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post.

“We are interviewing individuals to corroborate the investigative timeline and working to identify possible offenders,” the statement read. “As of now, no formal suspects have been named.”

Authorities are also investigating threats the girl and her family say they’ve been receiving since filing a police report. The family told investigators several individuals have threatened them online and gone to their home in search of the girl. Those incidents, police said, have prompted detectives to open “parallel investigations.”

UPDATE: CPD making good progress identifying persons of interest in 10th Dist assault. Interviews ongoing but no formal suspects named yet

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 21, 2017

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted the victim’s mother on Wednesday to see how the teen and her family were doing. He walked away from the meeting, according to police, “inspired by the young girl’s courage.”

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 746-6000.

Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

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David Lohr covers crime and missing persons. Tips? Feedback? Send an email or follow him on Twitter.

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