JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A community is trying to cope with a heinous crime. According to police, a young teen was held down against her will by one young man while four others sexually assaulted her.
On Thursday, community leaders kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One victim came forward speaking out against the crime.
"Once upon a time there was a girl who was incredibly rich with dreams," said Alicia Lockley as she recited a poem she wrote about her sexual assault.
She was a small girl with big dreams. But one day, when she was no more than 7, Lockley's life changed. Someone she knew -- someone she trusted -- started sexually assaulting her.
"Her mixture of blissful innocence and innocence is snuffed out against a mattress and she is told 'Shhhh.' Don't you dare tell anyone," her poem continued.
Lockley learned the only way to turn from victim to survivor was to share her story. But her heart broke this week learning about another young victim in her community who police say was gang raped by two adults and three teens.
"Sickening. Sick to my stomach. It really made me sick to my stomach, literally," Lockley told Action News.
It's a crime that even rattled Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.
"Thankfully we have all the suspects in custody now, but still we have a young girl who has to deal with this really the rest of her life."
Lockley continued her poem, which eventually documented her recovery.
"She escaped the seductions of suicide, and today I'm still slightly insecure but I'm learning," she said.
Lockley says while the road for this other young girl won't be easy, Lockley is proof life can go on.
"It's possible to live. It really is possible to move on and to live life successfully and to be a success story to other people and touch them with your story."
State Attorney Angela Corey tells Action News these are the toughest cases to cross her desk. Corey says they will have no mercy against the men responsible. If convicted, she wants to put the suspects away for life.