The violent rape of a 16-year-old teen has been shared between parties on the app Snapchat. According to 16-year-old’s mother, her daughter’s rape was spread all over the app.
For those who aren’t familiar, Snapchat is an app that’s used to share photos and videos that disappear as soon as the party has viewed them. While most have questioned whether this app is just for minors to send nude photos to each other, no one ever went as far as to surmise that snapchat would be used to showcase such violent behavior.
According to New York magazine, the 16-year-old Massachusetts girl was drugged by three students and then brutally attacked on September 3. That said, the simple Snapchat share could have saved the victim’s life. It’s reported that the girl in the video was recognized in the shared content and then found. It’s reported that the suspects beat and sexually assaulted the victim before leaving her body.
Her mother told NBC Boston about the heinous crime.
“She had fingerprints, at least two hands held down by her throat. Her breasts were bruised, her whole body was ripped, shredded, broken toes.”
The minor’s mother told WHDH, “What they did was disgusting, it was sick, I almost lost my daughter. She was barely breathing. She was found with nothing on.”
— Nancy Hennen (@Tweetbrk) September 26, 2014
Since the nature of Snapchat is to share pictures and videos that disappear, no one is quite sure how the video of the victim was spread, but odds are it’s located in “Snapchat story,” which allows people who are friends with the poster to view footage.
That said, two teens have been arrested in the attack of the unnamed victim. A 17-year-old man and an 18-year-old female were taken into custody. However, police are still trying to find a third suspect, 19-year-old Rashad Deihim.
This isn’t the first time Snapchat has been in the news, and odds are it won’t be the last. Just the other day, a story was circulating about the popular app. Sisters Sarah and Elizabeth Turner are suing the app after their likenesses were used to promote “Snapchat s–ts.”
The app’s founder, Evan Spiegel, convinced the sisters to pose on a California beach. Shortly after, they were shocked to find their likeness skewed. What was a fun shoot at the beach turned into photos of the girls appearing to look topless while clinging to each other.