Four 13- and 14-year-old boys are being investigated for the sexual assault and rape of an 11-year-old girl from the Negev region in the stairwell of her apartment building three weeks ago, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.
The girl and her parents filed a complaint with the police in Beersheba after the parents discovered the alleged assault. The suspects, who have been released to house arrest, claim that the girl consented to the sexual relations.
Three of the boys under investigation are suspected of rape; the fourth youth allegedly did not participate in the sexual act, but watched from the side and acted as a lookout.
The girl’s parents learned about the rape from a friend of their daughter, whom she confided in.
According to the girl, the teens, whom she recognized from the neighborhood but did not know personally, trapped her in the stairway of her apartment building and began to abuse her sexually.
The girl, outnumbered and overpowered, did not fight. Her mother told Maariv: “She said that she did not fight because it was four against one. No girl would have agreed to a thing like that.”
Following the incident, the girl collapsed and was treated in a psychiatric hospital. Attorney Natalie Forian, who is representing the family, spoke out against the police’s conduct in the matter: “Unfortunately, although the crime was very severe, the police did not find it necessary to arrest [the suspects]. Serious psychological damage was caused.”
In sections of her personal diary published in Tuesday’s Maariv, it was revealed that the girl wrote in her journal after the incident: “I discovered today… that boys are evil. Today I was raped by four.”
“Everyone says that it is not my fault, but I feel that it is my fault,” the girl wrote in her diary, which was decorated with pictures of Disney princesses.
The case was first reported on Monday night on the Channel 10 news broadcast.