The testimony will take place in camera, and the girl will recount the actions of Sherf, who allegedly raped her twice and inflicted physical injuries on her.
The incident took place at a coronavirus hotel in Jaffa where the girl and Sherf were isolating themselves after contracting the virus in February 2021.
During initial questioning, police revealed Sherf had been overheard talking to friends, threatening to create an “Eilat 2.0”, a reference to the gang rape of a minor at a hotel in Eilat in 2020, for which 11 suspects were arrested.
Prior to the initial indictment, Sherf’s attorney claimed the girl looked older than she was and the suspect believed she was 16.
Sherf was initially charged with charges of prohibited sex, as well as sexual harassment, threats, assault and supplying alcohol to a minor. However, no rape charges were included in the indictment.
The decision to indict him on what many considered minor charges sparked protests and widespread backlash. and more than 25,000 emails demanding that the charges include rape were sent to the state prosecutor as part of a campaign organized by the Lobby Against Sexual Violence in Israel and the Israel Women’s Network.
Following criticism, the attorney general announced that the indictment against Sherf would be amended to include charges of rape.
Commenting on the accusations at the time, Meretz MP Tamar Zandberg said it was “a pity that only widespread public protests caused the judiciary to do what was obvious,” and added that 92% of rape end without charge, highlighting the serious problem.
According to the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI), the rate of violent sexual offenses in Israel is about 10% higher than the average for OECD countries.
In addition, 62% of rape cases reported to ARCCI concern a minor, according to statistics published in their 2020 report.
In the past year alone, several people have been arrested for raping minors, and in many cases they are not acting alone. In March of this year, three suspects were arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old, four others were arrested in February for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old and three others for that of a 10-year-old. years. -old girl.
Protests in favor of the victim took place outside the Tel Aviv District Court on Wednesday, as she was scheduled to testify against the suspect. Dozens of people gathered to show their support, holding up signs that read “we will not be silent, we will not surrender” and “you are not alone”.
Inside a brave 13-year-old girl testifies against the abominable Yarin Sharaf, outside of our activity led by the field manager @Shira__Sch and@vanellopeglitc The big one who came to remind her that we believe in her, we believe in you, you are not alone – we are here to give you a hand pic.twitter.com/5aAPc7rKxK
– Kulan – Tous (@TogetherKulan) July 14, 2021
“No matter how many times I hear this phrase [I believe you] shouted that he will not stop moving me to tears and freezing me to the bone, ”reads a statement from the feminist action NGO“ Kulanu ”following the demonstration.
“It’s not just words – when we stand together we have the power, we change our reality together. “Eve Young contributed to this report.