Atlanta police identify man who allegedly raped woman on Facebook Live

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The police have released another statement about the alleged rape that took place at an Atlanta nightclub.

On Jan. 19, 2019, a woman was allegedly raped while at Opera nightclub in Atlanta. The alleged attack took place on the dance floor of the club.

Rolling out broke the story of the attack that was streamed on Facebook Live. In the video, the woman appeared to be assaulted by a man who stood behind her. With a look of distress, the woman said, “somebody help me,” as tears rolled down her face.

The Atlanta Police Department issued an update regarding its ongoing investigation of the alleged sexual assault.

“Atlanta Police Department Special Victims Unit investigators remain in contact with the victim in this incident,” Officer Lisa Bender wrote in the statement. “The victim is no longer in the state of Georgia but is cooperating with investigators. Investigators have also identified the male we believe is seen in the video with her and have been in contact with him as well. Club Opera has been cooperative and helpful to our investigators as we continue to look into this matter. We will not be releasing the male’s name at this time nor any other details about the Department’s ongoing investigation.”

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Since the video went viral, thousands of people have shared their views on social media. On Jan. 22, Sabrina Peterson, owner of Glam University, led a rally in front of Opera Nightclub to bring awareness to the crime and justice to the alleged victim.

“When it happens to one of us, it happens to us all,” Peterson said. “We will not stand by and let this go unpunished. It is time to end rape culture and end bystander culture.”

Sabrina Peterson (Photo credit: Torian Priestly for Steed Media)
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