Florida: A fund has been set up to help a woman who survived a horrific attack at a West Palm Beach housing project
A mob of 10 masked people gang raped a woman and forced her 12-year-old son to join in, police said.
The woman was a parishioner at Saint Ann's Church in West Palm Beach. The church has set up a fund through Wachovia Bank to help her with moving and living expenses.
"It's very devastating. A lot of people cried. You never know what to expect," parishioner Philomene Etienne told WPBF News 25.
Two teenagers are being held without bail in the attack. Authorities said 14-year-old Avion Lawson and 16-year-old Nathan Walker will be charged as adults with armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery.
Court officials said the teens could face sentences of life in prison.
Authorities said after the sexual attack, they beat the boy and poured cleaning solution into his eyes. They said the armed men then stole a few hundred dollars worth of cash and jewelry.
The victims are out of the hospital and receiving counseling.
"She is very strong and she still has faith in God. I hope she will soon be back in church," said Serge Pierre, a member of the victim's church.
Police said more arrests are expected.
Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.
New security measures have been implemented in Dunbar Village and more are on the way in hopes to prevent future violent crime.
A new gate has been installed at the front of the complex, and residents have been assigned parking passes and electronic openers.
Security cameras that will stream video to the West Palm Beach police department are also in the works, WPBF reported.
Last year, police were called more than 700 times to the small development; an average of about twice a day.
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