Richmond Victim in "Awe" of Support

Woman who made 911 call talked to NBC Bay Area last week.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Nov 5, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM PDT
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Richmond Victim in "Awe" of Support

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We are learning new information about how the victim of the Richmond homecoming gang rape is dealing with the trauma she endured.   Police say she is a brave person who is dealing with nightmares, flashbacks and has a sense of awe at the support she is getting.

Also Thursday, Richmond police released the 911 call the night of the attack.

Click here to listen to 911 call.

In the recording, a female caller says a girl is naked and passed out drunk in back of the school. The caller said she  hadn't seen the girl herself, but that other people told her that they had ]seen her and didn't want to call the cops.

The call was made at about 11:50 p.m. When police arrived, they  found a 16 year old girl who had been beaten, robbed and raped  by as many as 10 people over a two-and-a-half hour period while as many as a dozen others watched.

The woman who made that call talked to NBC Bay Area last week.  She said she called because it was the right thing to do.

Detective Sgt. Lori Curran has been talking to the victim on a daily basis.  Curran says the teen is determined to help bring her attackers to justice and has been a huge help in the investigation.

Police have arrested seven people in connection the crimes. One was released without being charged due to insufficient evidence.  Five of the suspects have been charged and the sixth is still in custody awaiting charges.

Curran describes the victim as humble.  She says the girl is in awe of the outpouring of support and often clutches her heart when she hears about the cards and letters that people are sending to her.

Curran admits the victim has a long road ahead of her, but says she is handling everything as well as can be expected.

"Every time she's having a flashback or a nightmare or anytime she can remember, she's making sure she keeps in touch with us. She doesn't shut down when we talk about painful things about what has happened and she continues to offer us any kind of information," Curran said.
 

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