Brazilian authorities charged seven people in the brutal gang rape of a teenage girl in a Rio de Janeiro slum, state media reported.
“If I have to wait for the justice system, they’ve already shown that nothing is going to happen,” she told CNN affiliate TV Record in the presence of her attorney. “I am waiting for the justice of God. That might be late but it never fails.”
In the interview, the 16-year-old’s face is hidden as she recounts what she remembers from the attack and the mix of humiliation and support that she has received since the images surfaced online.
The attack shocked Brazil and sparked outrage on social media and protests in various cities.
In Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the Summer Olympics in August, protesters left red-stained clothes along the iconic Copacabana Beach after the attack.
Police had said they are looking for at least 30 suspects.
In Brasilia, police used pepper spray on protesters who tried to march on the Supreme Court with bouquets of flowers and signs denouncing what they called a “culture of rape” in Brazil.
The scandal erupted last week when a 38-second video was posted to Twitter, showing the victim naked and unconscious while male voices bragged about “at least 30” people having sex with her.
The girl then came forward.
In the interview released over the weekend, she says:
“I fell asleep and woke up in a completely different place, with a man under me, one on top of me and two holding me down, on my hands. Many people laughing at me, and I was drugged, out of it. Many people with guns, boys laughing and talking.”
Police have said they are trying to identify at least 30 people involved in the incident. No arrests have been made so far.
On Monday morning, police launched a new raid into a favela in western Rio where the incident occurred to carry out a series of arrest warrants. Police declined to say how many suspects they were searching for.
The lead investigator on the case was removed over the weekend amid criticisms of bias against the victim. The case is now being handled by the police unit for crimes against minors and the state’s department of social services.
In the TV Record interview, the girl said public support has been crucial.