Little did she know that her teenage romance would turn into a nightmare...
When Jane was 16 years old, she ran away from a troubled home looking for a better life. Soon after, she met a boy her age and they began seeing each other. Little did she know that her new romance would turn into nightmare full of severe sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her boyfriend’s family.
Jane, who has an intellectual disability, began to be approached by her boyfriend’s father on her visits to his home, where he would give her controlled substances and show her pornographic images and videos. Before she turned 17, he began a sexual relationship with her, turning her into a sex slave in exchange for clothes, her own room, and the promise of a better life.
For the next six years, he performed sadomasochistic sexual acts and torture on Jane that included whippings, suffocation, and strangulation. His friends were brought in to take part, and Jane was beaten or electrocuted if she didn’t do as they said. He shared photos and videos of his actions with Jane on the Internet without her permission and often kept her locked in a dog cage for days.
After years of devastating abuse, the FBI discovered the case and arrested the perpetrator and others involved. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole, and his five other conspirators received various sentences ranging between 10-20 years in prison.
Justice may have been served in court, but Jane is still left with the emotional and physical remnants of years of horrible abuse.