Belgium is in shock. In Ghent, a 14-year-old girl committed suicide four days after being raped by five teenagers, reports Het Nieuwsblad. The perpetrators, three minors and two adults, were arrested, indicates the prosecution of East Flanders to the Belga agency.
They posted the rape video on social media
The facts date back to May 15: the young girl had an appointment with a friend in May at the Westerbegraafplaats cemetery in Ghent. There, four other boys are waiting for him. They rape her and then broadcast the images on social networks. The victim will commit suicide four days later. After analyzing the images, the police arrested the five alleged assailants for rape, indecent assault and the taking and dissemination of photos likely to constitute an attack on the integrity of a person, adds Het Nieuwsblad. For its part, the prosecution only confirms that the five young people are suspected of ” events that occurred shortly before the victim’s death ».
“A 14 year old girl cannot experience something like this”
«Atrocious. There is no word for it», Reacted on Twitter the Minister of Justice, the Flemish liberal Vincent Van Quickenborne. He promised that the culprits would be punished, and invited all victims of sexual violence to file a complaint and seek help from specialized professionals.
In comments relayed by Sudinfo, the victim’s father explains that ” (his) daughter had been struggling for some time ». « She needed help and unfortunately it took far too long for her to get it. She had such a hard time and these facts and images were the last straw for her. A 14 year old girl can’t go through something like this. She saw her whole world fall apart. Without these people, she would have been there. All I can hope for now is justice », He explains.
Having suicidal thoughts is not trivial. Professionals are at your disposal in hospitals or in medico-psychological centers. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor, dial 15 or call a helpline such as Suicide listen (01 45 39 40 00) or SOS friendship (09 72 39 40 50).