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Nov 4, 2011 10:07 PM by Maddie Garrett

13-Year-Old Girl Fights Off Attacker at Library

A 13-year-old girl was attacked at the Vermillion Parish Public Library in Kaplan. Her mother sits down with KATC to share her story and warn other parents.

Her mother thought it was safe to allow her daughter to do homework at the library after school. She doesn't want her identity to revealed to protect her daughter.

"(She) Put her books down and she went to the restroom and she was attacked in the girls restroom," said the mother.

Kaplan Police said the attacker grabbed the girl from behind and threw her to the ground.

"There was another gentleman there who heard the screams and was on his way and actually caught this guy who did this to her," said the mother.

Police say the suspect is 20-year-old Christopher Brown of Opelousas.

"It's very disturbing to know there's people out there that's going to do something like this to an innocent child," said Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams.

Still, the girl didn't take the attack quietly, and her mother says she's proud her daughter reacted the way she did.

"She kicked, she screamed, she at one point she pulled his hand off of her face," said the mother.

And while there could be changes at the library, like locks on the bathrooms and more people to monitor the library, this mother hopes people take away something more after her daughter was attacked.

"Moms, teach your kids to fight no matter what and to keep fighting and to keep screaming, it actually saved my daughter a lot more trauma than what could have been," she said. "Don't take for granted that just because you're from a small town it can't happen to you."

Brown is now charged with attempted rape and could face a maximum of 40 years in prison. He remains in the Kaplan Jail, no bond has been set yet.

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