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More Than 40 People Watched a Teen Being Sexually Assaulted on Facebook Live and No One Did Anything

According to the New York Post, a 15-year-old girl named Deahvion Austin was gang raped in Chicago earlier this week, and it was posted on Facebook Live for dozens of viewers to see. At one point, more than 40 people were watching the livestream, yet none of them contacted authorities or tried to get any kind of help.

Austin’s uncle came across the disturbing video while it was streaming. He told Austin’s mother, who took screen shots to send to the police, WGN reports. Other family members and friends saw the stream as well.

Why didn’t any of the other viewers speak up to help rescue Austin and get the video taken down? We’re wondering the same thing.

Austin’s mother reported that her daughter was missing on Monday, according to BuzzFeed News, and Austin was found on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. Detectives are currently working to track down the owner of the Facebook page and those who were in the video, while Austin is being cared for in the hospital, according to WGN.

“I just want her home,” Austin’s mother told WGN. “I just want to make sure she’s ok cause i know she’s probably scared and embarrassed. I just want her back home.”

This just shows that if you see something that seems wrong, you can’t just assume that someone else will speak up. If you ever see something like this on social media, don’t be the person who just sits there and lets it happen.

Tori Rubloff is a National Feature Writer and News Blogger. She is a senior at the University of Florida, and will be pursuing a Master’s in Mass Communication next fall. Her dream is to work in the journalism and writing fields to make positive social change and spread big ideas. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, journaling and jamming out to old school R&B.