“It’s an incredible violation that she is still feeling terrible about. The actual situation and the process have been lengthy and very degrading and offensive,” said the woman’s legal counsel Charlotte Bokelund to daily Aftonbladet.
The men allegedly raped the woman at a party in Eksjö, southern Sweden, in the early hours of December 3rd. They were apprehended swiftly after the incident and have been detained since.
The woman, a 29-year-old mother of two, had been drinking beforehand at the party, which was held in a flat inhabited by asylum seekers.
However, the eight men allegedly took the woman into a bedroom, tore off her clothes, held down on a bed and proceeded to take turns raping her.
The men are said to have restrained her by holding her hips, arms and shoulders against the bed, and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
Prosecutors have labelled the incident as a planned attack.
According to the prosecutor, Gunnar Brodin, the woman had been drinking alcohol at the party and was incapacitated, a state which the rapists exploited.
After the attack, the woman waited for the men to leave or fall asleep, and then alerted police herself.
The charge is divided into two parts. In the first, seven of the men are accused of rape, while the eighth is accused of abetting or inciting others to rape, wrote the TT news agency.
Brodin describes the rape as serious, meaning that the sentencing range is four to ten years imprisonment.
Of the eight men prosecuted, seven face deportation if found guilty according to the prosecutor’s demands.