01/10/2001

Surprise ! Gang-rape victim
says she is HIV-positive
[Surrey, CN]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(SURREY, CANADA) -- In what could become the ultimate revenge for a brutal sexual assault, a young woman who was gang-raped by a group of teenagers has told police that she is HIV positive.

Police now say that two of the thugs who committed the actual rape may now be infected with the deadly disease and could transmit it to others, the Vancouver Sun reported.

"Obviously a concern to us is the two individuals who did sexually assault her and the possibility of [the disease] being transmitted further," said Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Corporal Janice Armstrong.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact, experts say.

Police told the newspaper that the victim was attacked Saturday after taking out her garbage outside the Imperial Pine Estates apartment complex at 150th Street. As she was about to go back inside, police told the newspaper that a man grabbed her by the hair and dragging her away.

Stunned, the woman did not scream because of the suddenness of the attack, police said. After dragging her a short distance, the teenaged rapists - one wielding a knife -- began their viscous attack, the RCMP told the newspaper.

"She was thrown to the ground ... [and] he pulled a knife on her and threatened her," Armstrong told the Vancouver Sun.

The victim was then dragged into Holly Park where, for the next half-hour, she was beaten and stripped. Police told the newspaper that the woman was pushed up against a fence and raped at knifepoint near the park's baseball diamond by two of the men.

The assailants are believed to have fled when they thought they heard someone coming. The victim then went home and met her husband, who had been worried about her disappearance, outside the apartment, police told the newspaper.

The victim gave police detailed descriptions of her attackers, who did not attempt to hide their faces. She told Canadian lawmen that the teens were between 15 and 19 years of age.

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