SALEM (CBS) — The young woman who claims she was raped in an assault that was recorded and posted on Snapchat took the stand in the trial of her two alleged attackers Thursday.
The accuser, who was 16-years-old at the time, recounted the day in September 2014 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted in the woods behind Saugus Elementary School. She told the court she had taken prescription medication that was not hers and met up with the two defendants on trial, Rashad Deihim, now 21, and his co-defendant, 20-year-old Kailyn Bonia.
She also said she had “a big bottle of vodka” in her purse.
The meet-up then turned into a sexual encounter between the three. Defense attorneys for the accused say the encounter was consensual. Prosecutors say the alleged victim was too high and drunk to have consented to the act.
“I remember saying, like, ‘stop taking pictures of me,’ like I was naked and I was getting flashes. I remember saying like ‘stop, I don’t understand what’s going on,'” she told the court.
She also said she remembered waking up nude and confused.
A Snapchat follower and the follower’s mother saw the video and called police.
A doctor who treated the accuser in the emergency room that day, Phyllis Chen, also testified Thursday, saying the teen was bruised and scraped and had to be revived with Narcan twice.
“She was almost unconscious,” Chen said.
“When I got out of the hospital and finally got to leave with my mom, my whole body was killing me,” the accuser said.
She said that guilt set in afterwards over the fact that two people she once considered friends were now facing trial. She said that is why she changed and at times even recanted her story.
“I don’t want them in jail, because I feel like it’s a weight on my shoulder. I’m not that person,” she said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports