Ukrainian gang rape victim feels better

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March 18, 2012, 2:44 p.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post
Oksana Makar, 18-year-old gang rape victim from Mykolayiv, Ukraine, is said to feel slightly better. Makar, who was almost burned alive by her rapists, was transported from Mykolayiv hospital to Donetsk Burns Center to get all treatment possible. There, doctors say her condition has stabilized but remains serious. It is still too early to say if she will live, as the young woman is not able to breathe on her own yet.

Mother of one of the suspects who confessed his guilt has recently tried to commit suicide, but was stopped by her other son. The woman believes her son is guilty andwouldn't leave her house.

Another suspect's mother has had heart attack after participating in Russian TV-show, talking about the case.
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Kim Hnry March 21, 2012, 2:39 a.m.    

To Oksana - my prayers are with you. I pray you heal well and that you recieve good care. I do not know you, but your story has reached us here in the U.S. and touched us deeply. May you know peace and comfort. I pray that those who hurt you are brought to justice swiftly. Rest well. You are in many hearts and minds.

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Christopher Koulouris March 21, 2012, 3:31 a.m.    

Perhaps what's most revealing about this crime is the attitude towards women in this region who have been systematically denigrated is the response of the wife of one of the suspects:

Maybe he was there, I don’t know. Maybe it really happened, but why is everybody jumping all over him? The guilt can be spread around here, to all four people, including the girl. Why did she go there? Nobody forced her! Everybody is now saying that he alone is a monster. There are people that believe that this girl is not as saintly as she is made out to be. Maybe she provoked them.

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