British Columbia

Dad of gang-raped girl makes appeal

The father of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped at a rave in Pitt Meadows, B.C., is pleading for people to stop circulating photos of the attack.

The father of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped at a rave in Pitt Meadows, B.C., is pleading for people to stop circulating photos of the attack.

Two young males face charges after the girl was drugged then raped by seven males at a party Sept. 10 at rural property in the community, about 25 kilometres east of Vancouver.

His daughter is having difficulty struggling with what happened to her, said the man, whose identity can't be revealed.

"It's a day-to-day thing," he said. "She relives things every day. More things pop up that she finds out about and it slows down the healing process."

He said he was very angry when he first heard of the sex assault.

"Sick [and] rage, huge rage," he said. "Sometimes it's funny how you react to things and your first instinct is not a pleasant instinct."

Appeal for empathy

He said he is making a public appeal for empathy so his daughter can get the privacy she needs to move on.

The thoughts of photos of the attack on the internet are making things worse for her, he said. 

"I'm just trying to hammer home to people, if this ever happened to your daughter, your granddaughter, it's something you feel powerless to control. I'm just hoping people do the right thing."

Police visited Pitt Meadows high schools Friday, asking students to stop the circulation of the photos.

"If any citizen comes across the photos, we're wanting them to stop the spreading of them, delete them and, as well, contact us," said RCMP Insp. Derren Lench.

Police are recommending a charge of sexual assault against an 18-year-old man who was arrested and released Friday on the condition that he have no contact with the victim.

A 16-year-old boy could face child pornography charges over taking and distributing the pictures.

With files from the CBC's Priya Ramu