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First court appearance for men charged in Calgary sexual assault

WATCH ABOVE: Two brothers have been charged after a brutal attack on a 17-year-old girl in Calgary. Police say the men kidnapped her from a bus stop and assaulted her for hours. The attack comes just one week after the horrific assault of a 16-year-old girl in Winnipeg.  Reid Feist reports. 

CALGARY – Two men charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault appeared briefly in a Calgary court Monday.

25-year-old Corey George Manyshots and 21-year-old Cody George Manyshots are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night, a 17-year-old girl was attacked at a bus shelter in Taradale and dragged to a nearby alley, where she was sexually assaulted.

Police say the girl was then taken to a home in Martindale, where she was again repeatedly sexually assaulted.

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“She was walked to that location,” Staff Sgt. Melanie Oncesce said on Sunday.

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Police are looking for witnesses.

“The victim wasn’t impaired –  she was forcibly taken, which would potentially someone who saw this would think she was impaired and needed to assist in walking.”

The victim managed to escape her captors at around 8 a.m. Saturday. She ran to a family home, where police were called.

The young woman was treated in hospital before being released. Police say they will provide support to the 17-year-old as she recovers from the traumatic attack.

A third man was arrested at the home but has since been released, although police say the investigation is ongoing.

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The home in Martindale in northeast Calgary where a young woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted. Global News

Cody Manyshots appeared in court Monday morning with shackled feet. His next court appearance is scheduled for a week from now to give him time to retain a lawyer.

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Corey Manyshots has also had his case put over for a week.

The attack has shocked the community of Martindale. A neighbour who lives next to the brothers said she is horrified by the attack.

“It’s awful, it’s just plain awful,” said Deb Scott. “To confine someone and take her from one neighbourhood to bring her to the next –  I just feel so bad for the girl.”

Police say the assault involved strangers, which according to experts, makes it a rare and frightening case.

“This type of sexual assault is the type of sexual assault that, as little girls, we’re brought up to fear – the stranger sexual assault where you’re taken off the street,” said Danielle Aubry of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.

“So it really frightens people a lot, and it makes people feel dis-empowered.” added Aubry.

For victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, the main resource in Calgary and the surrounding area is Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.

The organization provides counselling to victims and their families. It also offers educational programs and police and court support.

Contact information:

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24 hour Support and Information Line: (403) 237-5888
24 hour Toll Free (in Alberta): 1-877-237-5888

 

 

 

 

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