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Facebook group shouldn’t deter sex assault victims: Activist

A new Facebook group that’s defending a group of boys and men accused of raping a teenage girl is “outrageous,” but can’t undo years of work done by police and women’s rights groups, according to a transition house worker.

A new Facebook group that’s defending a group of boys and men accused of raping a teenage girl is “outrageous,” but can’t undo years of work done by police and women’s rights groups, according to a transition house worker.

“Sometimes women are afraid that they won’t be believed, that the police won’t take (them) seriously,” said Ishama Harris with the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

“I still think there’s a lot of progress being made (to support rape victims).”

Harris was responding to the Facebook group Reasonable Doubt In Pitt Meadows, where some members have cast doubt on the story from a 16-year-old girl police say was drugged and gang raped at a rave.

Images of the incident were posted on Facebook.

“I know it’s a very easy thing to support your family and people you know,” said Harris.

“(But) this is not a case of ‘he said, she said.’

“The police have a lot of evidence that this ... really did happen.

“Whatever was done, the courts will uphold the law.”

 
 
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