Thursday, May 31, 2007

Witnesses To Alleged De Anza Rape Speak Out - News Story - KTVU San Francisco

Witnesses To Alleged De Anza Rape Speak Out - News Story - KTVU San Francisco: "'When I looked in, I saw about ten pairs of legs surrounding a girl, lying on the mattress on the floor and a guy on top of her with his pants down and his hips thrusting on top of her,' recall Chief Elk. 'And when I saw that I knew immediately something wasn't right. It just didn't look right.'

'I saw that this young girl did not want to be in there, and that's when we just went 'We're getting this girl out of there,'' says Grolle.

April and Lauren -- along with a third soccer player named Lauren Breayans -- broke down the door and were shocked with what they found.

'This poor girl was not moving. She had vomit dribbling down her face. We had to scoop vomit out of her mouth [and] lift her up. Her pants were completely off her body,' says Chief Elk. 'She had her one shoe one, her jeans were wrapped around one of her ankles and her underwear was left around her ankles. To the left of the bed there was some condom thrown on the ground.'

'When they lifted her head up, her eyes moved and she said 'I'm sorry,'' says Grolle. 'One of the guys who was in the room said 'This is her fault. She got drunk and she did this to herself.''

Lauren Chief Elk didn't believe him: 'You have to be conscious to consent to something, andthat was not the case at all."

The three girls were the only ones at the party to take the alleged victim to the hospital and have spent the last ten weeks telling their story to authorities. They were shocked when the district attorney said there would be no charges. That is why they are telling their disturbing story."What we saw was rape. It was a crime," says Grolle. "It was assault against a 17 year girl. I will forever know in my heart that is what happened."

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