JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A young girl is only beginning the recovery process after police say she was kidnapped, held against her will and raped by a group of five young men.
"I know my daughter's not like that," said the girl's mother, who we are not identifying to protect the victim's identity. "I've never experienced anything like this before."
It's a mother's pain for an alleged crime out of her control.
"Why would you do something to a little girl like that? It's just sick, it's disgusting," she said.
Police say this woman's teenage daughter was gang raped by Travis Maye, 22, Steven Pender, 20, and three teens.
Police say one held her down while the others sexually assualted her. Julie Hemminger, Director of the Rape Recovery Team at the Women's Center, says the most heartbreaking part is rape is not rare.
"One in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime," she told Action News.
Hemminger says what's even more scary is most victims know their attacker.
"The concept of someone in the bushes jumping out at you with a knife absolutely that happens and it's tragic and horrible but statistically speaking it's usually done by someone you trust."
And for that reason, she says it's tough to prevent these crimes. She says the most important thing a victim can do is get help recovering.
"What's really important is that the victim turns from victim to survivor and she know that she can get better. If you can kind of hold on to that hope that you know that there's help and support and you will get better, that's huge," she said.
Mom says she knows the road to recovery won't be easy. They're just taking it one day at a time.
"we need to go through a psychologist and the whole nine yards. But she's OK. I thank god that she's still alive."
The suspects are being detained on sexual assault and false imprisonment charges. The three minors are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.
April is actually sexual assault awareness month. The Women's Center is hosting an event Thursday at 9 a.m. at Hemming Plaza to speak out against the crime.