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Ordeal continues for red-shirt rape victim
Wed, Jul 21, 2010
The Nation/Asia News Network

A female red-shirt supporter who was sexually assaulted two months ago, was attacked in the heart of Bangkok yesterday while on her way to follow up on investigation into her rape complaint.

The victim, 39, was about to cross a road in front of the Hua Lamphong train station when a black-clad man in a crash helmet lunged forward and punched her in the face. She fell down and could do nothing as he fled the scene.

"There were many witnesses," she said. "They said the attacker had been hanging around there since early morning".

The woman said she was on her way to visit the nearby Pheu Thai Party headquarters to check on progress of the rape case.

In her original complaint, she said a group of men in military-style camouflage sexually assaulted her on the night of May 15 on a street near the MBK shopping complex. The next day, she lodged a complaint with Pathumwan police and underwent physical examination that confirmed the attack.

The victim said she now feared for her safety.

She has frequently changed her accommodation to avoid intimidation. "I don't know what to do," she said. "Sometimes, I think about committing suicide".

She said being a red shirt and rape victim made it difficult to find a job.

Pheu Thai spokesman Promphong Nopparit said the party was considering providing her with a safe house and other assistance.

"We are trying to protect and help her as much as we can," he said.

Nopparit said the rape complaint had been transferred from the Pathumwan Police Station to the Department of Special Investigation "but there has been no progress yet", he said.

-The Nation/Asia News Network

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