A sexual assault survivor who investigated her own rape case is celebrating after the last of her attackers was recently jailed for the crime.
His sentencing marks the conclusion to a several-years-long saga for the US woman, whose California court case was closely followed and extensively reported by The Daily Beast.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped while she was drunk and unconscious in a San Diego apartment in October 2013, the news site reports.
Her attackers, Jason Berlin, 28, and Jonas Dick and Alex Smith, both 27, were given jail time, with Berlin sentenced to eight years jail – the maximum possible term in the US state – earlier this month.
When police failed to investigate her case properly, "Claire" — as she is referred to by The Daily Beast — took matters into her own hands and did some digging online that lead to their arrests.
Claire's investigation also uncovered an entire underground community of so-called pickup artists, a feat she hopes will help "break the cycle" of victims being assaulted and never finding justice.
Dick and Smith worked as instructors for a company called Efficient Pickup that offered courses in picking up women with "rejection proof" techniques.
It was at a bar in San Diego that a heavily intoxicated Claire and her friend were approached and soon after taken to their apartment, where "student" Berlin was waiting.