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Twice a victim: Pictures of sexual assault posted online

It's a terrible situation - something you hope never happens. A teen sexually assaulted, then the attackers and by-standers post pictures of the assault on social media.

Counselor Debby LaGrand says when someone goes through something like this, the victim will most likely experience trauma symptoms. She says the victim might feel numb and not want to talk about the initial attack or the online post. Those images online could also be a trigger for the victim, making them feel similar emotions to the attack.

So why would someone take and post assault pictures?

"One, they have spectators, it's a very public thing, they get that social encouragement feeling like they're doing something really big," says LeGrand.

If you see something like this posted online, you can contact the social media website to have them take it down. If you have been a victim of an attack or cyber bullying, LeGrand encourages you not to keep quiet.

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