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Family of teen abducted, sexually assaulted speaks out

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

After news broke that a teenager was abducted and sexually assaulted in Harrisburg earlier this week, the girl's family reached out to abc27. We agreed to keep them anonymous.

The girl's devastated mother and appalled aunt told us Thursday night that they wanted to get the word out and tell the community what happened to their loved one in the hope that a similar attack could be prevented in the future.

They said the 14-year-old is now scared to leave the house.

"She just laid in that couch all day," the girl's aunt said.

Her family said that around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the teen was walking in the area of Zarker and 18th Streets when a dark-colored SUV with two men inside approached her. One of the men grabbed the girl, threw her into the back of the vehicle, and brutally assaulted and raped her.

"I thank God every night," the girl's mother said. "I thank you every night that she's here."

The brutal attack happened on Tuesday, but city police did not issue a news release until nearly 24 hours later. That's a problem, the girl's family said.

"Twenty-four hours, it could have been more, other kids," the girl's aunt said. "It could have been more other kids in this county, counties around it, the suburbs of Harrisburg. Why not be alert and other parents be alert of something that happened, especially on children."

Some viewers weighed in on our social media sites as well. Some said they agreed with the girl's family. Others said there might be a reason why police waited to release information.

Mayor Linda Thompson has scheduled a news conference to discuss recent sexual assaults in the city for Friday morning.

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