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  • Brazilians protest in front of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro on Friday against an alleged gang rape that police say they are investigating.

    Brazilians protest in front of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro on Friday against an alleged gang rape that police say they are investigating. | Photo: AFP

Published 30 May 2016

The 16-year-old girl's lawyer was forced to ask that the lead investigator in the case be removed after asking her if she participated in group sex parties.

While more than 70 officers used helicopters, armored vehicles and dogs to enter the slums searching for about 33 perpetrators of a gang rape, the victim told a local news outlet that, “Today, I feel like a piece of trash,” and suggested that the lead police investigator was not making her feel any better.

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"Today I feel like a piece of trash," the 16-year-old victim of the gang rape told Brazilian newspaper O Globo. "I hope that no other person ever feels this way."

And the head of the investigation, Alessandro Thiers, was not making things any better, as he asked her if she had participated in group sex parties, one of the main motives for which he was removed from the case.

The victims lawyer, Eloisa Samy, was forced to ask that Thiers be removed from the case because she said he made her feel uncomfortable during questioning.

The girl also told O Globo she wanted to see justice done so that no other person would have to go through a brutal assault like the one she said she suffered.

In the five days since a video of the rape was posted by an alleged perpetrator on Twitter and set off a wave of outrage, police have brought in five people for questioning but no arrests have been made so far.

Over the weekend, women and men marched in several cities to demand justice and decry sexism in Brazilian culture. A woman who sits on the Supreme Court lashed out at a pervasive macho culture that permits such barbaric acts.

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