Police investigating harassment against Facebook Live sexual assault victim

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police have opened an investigation into harassment of the 15-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live.

Relatives say both the teen girl and her mother have been targeted by people who have been sending them online threats and by kids in their neighborhood who've been joking about the attack and ringing their doorbell.

"It's sickening. It's disgusting. She's been victimized once and now we're going to continue to keep victimizing her?" said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

"I'm very shocked it really doesn't make sense to do that to another person," said Yvance Williams, the victim's neighbor.

The 15-year-old went missing Sunday and by Monday, she was seen on Facebook Live being sexually assaulted by five to six boys.

She was reunited with her family, when police said she became a victim of harassing social media posts and even people stopping by her home.

Friday morning, supporters of the family converged on the North Lawndale neighborhood demanding that the family be relocated.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office as well as the city have offered to help the family move along with victim assistance. Chicago police have also assigned extra patrols to the home.

No one has been arrested in this case. Police said they are still looking to identify the five to six boys seen in the Facebook video.

Investigators say they're making progress in identifying the suspects, but admit charges may take a little longer than usual because there are minors involved.

"What we know is we're dealing with a lot of juveniles...As I said, we want to ensure we get it right so we're not going to rush things we want everybody involved in this incident from A to Z to be held accountable," Johnson said.
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