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  • Protests, led by the Network Against Violence Against Women, have been staged at the scene of the rape to demand justice.

    Protests, led by the Network Against Violence Against Women, have been staged at the scene of the rape to demand justice. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 May 2018

The victim was walking near the National Stadium when she was attacked by a group of men dressed in University of Chile shirts.

The University of Chile soccer club has condemned fans who raped a 28-year-old woman in Santiago after Sunday's game against the University de Conception.

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The victim was walking near the National Stadium when she was attacked by a group of men dressed in University of Chile shirts. Security footage shows several of the attackers wearing sports shirts from the opposing team, the prosecutor said.

"Just as she was descending from Metro Ñuble and heading home, she was surrounded by a group of individuals from a certain group of football teams," Cpt. Lisette Dubreuil Araneda, head of the Sexual Crimes Unit and investigation director, said.

The woman was dragged from the bus station to a poorly lit park, were she was raped and robbed.

In a Facebook post, the soccer team warned they would find the "hooligans" responsible for the assault: "We will not tolerate that cowards of that ilk dress in our shirt if indeed they were fans of the U, know that we will find them," the post read. 

"We express our total support and solidarity to the victim, and we ask for forgiveness on behalf of the fans of the U."

According to the victim's husband, the attackers stole his wife's phone and assaulted her at around 9 p.m. local time.

With the help of passersby, she returned home in a state of shock and was transported to hospital where she is being given psychological and physical treatment.

According to the Legal Medical Service (SML), her injuries were made more severe because she resisted; the evidence suggests that not all of her injuries were sustained from the sexual assault alone.

Since the attack, feminist groups and rights activists have risen to the victim's defense and are calling on the federal government to accelerate the investigation.

Protests, led by the Network Against Violence Against Women, have been held at the scene of the crime. No arrests have yet been made.


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