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Girl abducted, assaulted by group of men while walking to school

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A 14-year-old girl walking to school on Monday morning was forced into a vehicle and driven to a house where she was sexually assaulted by a group of men, according to police.

The girl was walking to school near 16th Street and Trumbull Avenue about 7:45 a.m. Monday when the men drove up to her, got of the vehicle, forced her inside and drove to an unknown location, according to a community alert fromArea Central detectives.

There, in a house, she was sexually assaulted by six offenders, she told police. They were described as black men between 20 and 24, between 5-foot-6 and 6 foot-3, 130 to 170 pounds, the alert said.

"That's why I'm here to pick up my baby.  Every day I will be here to pick up my child and to drop her off," says one mother. "I think it's utterly ridiculous that they cannot walk to school and be safe."

Police spent Thursday afternoon patrolling the blocks surrounding schools in the North Lawndale neighborhood after issuing a community alert.

Five of the attackers had long dreadlocks, one with brown tips and another with red tips, while the sixth had a close fade haircut. Three had dark complexions, two offenders had medium-brown complexions and one had a light complexion.

They were in a gray 4-door vehicle of unknown make or model, with damage to the right side, the alert said.

Miguel Fuentes with The Guardian Angels has been out since 4 a.m. handing out fliers warning residents to be on the lookout for the attackers.

"It's something that should make the whole city mad because stuff like this, like what happened on Monday, is stuff that you would probably hear in a third world country, not a city like Chicago," says Fuentes.

Melannie Williams works for Safe Passage, a Chicago Public Schools program that strives to keep children safe on their way to and from school. She says the program needs funding so it can expand.

"We need it, it's definitely - this act that happened here on 16th and Trumbull - it's definitely needed. Everywhere a child needs supervision. It takes a village to raise a child so therefore, Safe Passage needs to be at all elementary schools, not just high schools and charters schools," says Williams.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 747-8380.

The Sun-Times media wire contributed to this report.

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