On what was just another March night in the small city of New Bedford, Mass., an unaccompanied woman named Cheryl Ann Araujo stopped off at a bar called Big Dan’s to buy some cigarettes. The accounts of how she spent her time at the bar vary, but Araujo reportedly had a few drinks, talked to a waitress she knew, and watched the men at the bar play pool.
At some point during the evening, Araujo was attacked and gang-raped by four men in the bar, while other patrons watched and allegedly cheered the men on, but did not intervene.
Thankfully, she was able to break free from her attackers and ran out of the bar half-naked. A second miracle occurred when three college students, who happened to be passing by, spotted her and came to help.