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‘I was gang raped by my boyfriend and his friends – then tattooed with his name’: How domestic violence victims are permanently ‘branded’ by their attackers

A young victim of domestic violence has told how she was savagely attacked and tattooed with the name of her abuser as part of a worrying new trend.

Latishia Sanchez, 20, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, revealed to CBS that she was just 14 years old when she was raped by five men, including her then boyfriend.

During the assault they branded his name ‘Aaron’ in large script lettering across her neck using a pencil, needle and black ink.

‘I didn’t think that I’d get raped, let alone by people I didn’t know, let alone my boyfriend allowing it,’ she said.

She admitted that she is still struggling to come to terms with the ordeal six years on and just looking at the inking brings back painful memories.

‘It’s hard,’ she explained. ‘Right now our mirrors are covered up because I can’t look at myself.’
 

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