SF Rape Victim: 'Let the Anger Cause Change'

'We realize people are angry about this,' says teen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 6:30 AM CST
Richmond High School students walk past a sign during gym class before a rally and vigil concerning the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside of the school's homecoming dance.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – A 15-year-old student who was gang-raped as bystanders did nothing delivered a message of peace to a rally at her high school last night. "Violence is always the wrong choice," the girl said in a message read by her pastor. "We realize people are angry about this. But let the anger cause change, change that is necessary to keep our children, our neighbors, and our friends safe."

Six people are currently in custody for the two-hour attack that left the victim in critical condition as bystanders watched and took pictures with cell phones. Police are seeking more suspects, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A close friend of the victim said she may return to school, where she was attacked last month as she left her homecoming dance. "As long as no one treats her differently from before, she'll be fine," the pal said. "She's still the same person, just less trusting now."