Florida Teen Attacked
A trial is underway in the case of two teen girls who are accused of beating another 15-year-old girl, supposedly a friend, and holding her down while one of several young men in the house raped her.[…]All five suspects face counts of armed sexual battery and kidnapping.
Patricia Montes, 15, has reportedly been stoic during the trial, but Erica Avery, 16, looks almost smug and has even smiled during testimony, which is infuriating and puzzling at the same time.
The victim herself, who of course is not being identified, told police even she doesn't know why she was attacked, why this happened. Almost always there is a reason, a provocation, a disagreement, even a small and often ridiculous one -- but that doesn't appear to be the case here. Apparently there was beer drinking and pot smoking involved, which could lend some theories.
New video of the attack (but not the sexual assault) have been released and it's disturbing to watch how this poor, half-clothed girl is being treated, both physically and emotionally. There's a lot you can't see, which is a good thing, but you certainly get enough of the gist to just want to turn it off.
She is punched, dragged by her hair along the ground, and apparently maced at some point. When asked to go home, Lanel Singleton, the man holding the camera told the victim that she would be continue to be held until she agrees to perform a sex act with Jayvon Woolfork -- which he told police but later denied he said while on the stand.
The victim was eventually allowed to leave the house but allegedly not before one of the women reportedly spit on her. She went to the hospital and reported the attack to police.