Wednesday, March 09, 2011

11 year old blamed for her own gang rape.

An 11 year old was raped by OVER EIGHTEEN men and boys in an abandoned trailer in Cleaveland, Texas -- population 9,000. Lurid cell phone pictures were taken by several of the assailants and passed around, which is how a classmate of the girl's saw what happened and reported it.
The NY Times says:
"Five suspects are students at Cleveland High School, including two members of the basketball team. Another is the 21-year-old son of a school board member. A few of the others have criminal records, from selling drugs to robbery and, in one case, manslaughter. The suspects range in age from middle schoolers to a 27-year-old."

One would imagine that a town would respond to such an event with outrage. Well, they have. They are outraged that the girl may have been dressed seductively. One said that she wore make-up. Another that she dressed old for her age. Another that she hung around with teen aged boys.

They are worried, according to the NYTimes because "It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”


She was 11. They knew her. They threatened to beat her if she did not comply. There were 18 of them gang raping her.

You bet they have to live with it. And I hope they have to live with it behind bars.

This is 2011, and we are blaming an 11 year old for her own gang rape. The town has also critisized the girl's mother. Although the girl was taken by car to two locations where she was raped repeatedly, one townsperson asks "Where was the mother?"

It doesn't matter if the girl dressed in a short skirt, or if the mother was inattentive or if the boys are in trouble now. None of that changes what it was -- rape. Penetration without consent under threat of violence. And, the boys were proud of what they had done. They showed pictures around.

What has happened to our world that we can not see an act of violent degradation for what it is? Or are female children just chattel to be used and discarded as some proof of manhood?

May God have pity on our souls.


Blogger caterpillar said...

It's always that way isn't's always the girl's fault...provocatively dressed, make up worn, didn't know what she was doing.....excuses...and the boys....what they did was right? No one, no one would ever realize how henious a crime it was until they come across something similar in their own lives....I don't have words to describe how disgusted I am with the crowd who feels it's the girl's mistake.....

9:07 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Humans are not very human, not to their own kind, not to animals, not to the Earth. We are, as a species, in a muddle.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you had better watch this video:

This, as your statement says, shows there is more interest in making the girl at fault than those who perpetrated the crime in the first place.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Joyful Sparrow said...

how disgusting.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am disgusted..the "boys" should spend time behind bars...where if i understand it correctly...they will "ALL" with the grace of God be treated the way they treated this 11 year old child.

4:42 PM  
Blogger janet h said...

oh wow this is awful. thanks for sharing this and it makes us realise how our society has become...
i'm disgusted but eventually justice will come..

8:09 PM  
Blogger bloggerktm said...

I am truly amazed to know this happens in US.I live in a third world country..and such happen..moreover.therapist get away because..the victim's family dont report it to police...thinking of their social prestige

7:19 AM  
Blogger suhasini jeevanige said...

i totally agree with you.
how do i add u to my friend's list.. in do i "follow u"?

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

y cant the boys keep their fucking ass shut... the girls have their freedom if they r so much interested y not go to their father.. its a new method.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Miss Tiffany said...

That is just horrific. That anyone could even try to justify what those boys did and blame it on the little girl completely blows my mind.

2:56 PM  

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