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My daughter who turned 15 in January has been sexually assaulted at De Brouckère subway station two weeks ago. By a group of young men. She is too shocked to tell Hollaback in person what happened but she insisted I tell you her story. What happened will have tremendous consequences for the rest of her life.
She went to the movies on Wednesday afternoon with her friend. Afterwards she was to take the metro home when she and her friend were spotted by these guys. She counted five of them, two of them visibly younger than her. They approached and formed a human curtain around the girls. One of the guys showed his penis and was masturbating while another tried to kiss my daughter and her friend on the mouth. She was also touched.
After a few moments an older man intervened. One of the guys tried to push him on the rails and gave him some blows to the head. In the scuffle the rest stopped what they were doing and started to leave.
A police unit rushed to the spot but the guys were already gone. It is terrible to receive a phone call that your daughter has been assaulted and in the hospital for observation.
She is horrified. We all are. What she does not understand is that she begged them to stop and that this will forever be her first sexual experience. We’ve been advised to start therapy as a family to deal with this. Police has been very helpful but chances that they find the guys are small and given their young ages the eventual punishment will be minimal.
We will be leaving Brussels asap. We ask ourselves why we’ve stayed too long as my wife confessed she has been hasseled numerous times by men on the streets or on the tube. Personally I feel like strangling the first person I come across who in public will behave as a bastard to a lady. This whole city needs therapy.
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