With the hypothesis of group sexual violence, the prosecutor and the mobile team of Milan investigate the sexual assault at half past one on New Year’s Eve against a 19-year-old Lombard surrounded in the Duomo by about thirty boys of North African origins. The investigators, coordinated by the prosecutors of the ‘weak bands’ protection pool, are working to identify the members of the herd who, during the celebrations in the square, heavily harassed the young woman. Part of the ambush was filmed in a fifty-second video posted on the social pages of the MilanoBelladaDio channel.
The victim wearing a bright red duvet can be seen for a few frames at the beginning of the film and then disappears submerged by the group that sways on the southwest side of the square at via Mazzini. Then another very brief appearance at the end of the sequence with the 19-year-old, on the ground and protected by the shields of the Carabinieri in riot gear. After the first treatments and the shocked visit to the Mangiagalli clinic, the police report arrives.
The pack surrounds and harasses a girl in Piazza Duomo on New Year’s Eve
The young woman says she was hunted down while she was away from her friends for a moment. First someone grabs her by the bag in what she thinks is a robbery attempt, but then she begins to feel more than one hand on her. There are those who tug at it, those who groped it and even those who try to undress it. “No, no, no, oh, it’s a girl,” shout some passersby who try in vain to stop the raid. Only the arrival of the police, alerted by the turmoil, scare off the predators who, divided into several groups, run away in different directions. In addition to the video that went viral, the investigators are also acquiring images from the surveillance cameras in the area with the aim of quickly giving a name and a surname to the perpetrators of the attack. The episode – observes an investigator – recalls what happened in Cologne on the night of 31 December 2016 when 90 women reported having suffered harassment and violence by about a thousand drunk men, described by the victims as “apparently of Arab origin”.