I just can’t stop thinking about this horrible case. This little 11 yo girl who was gang-raped by 18 men in Texas. Gang-raped, at age 11, by 18 men. This simple fact in and of itself is enough to keep me awake at nights worrying, not just about my daughter but about that little girl and all of our daughters. But it gets worse. The media coverage has been completely focused on blaming the 11 year old girl. It makes me feel like throwing up even to type that out. Read this article from the New York Times. If you’re able to read that without wanting to cry, scream, and throw things, you are a stronger person than I am! Here are a few choice quotes from the article.
Among them is, if the allegations are proved, how could their young men have been drawn into such an act?
“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.”
They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.
“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record. “How can you have an 11-year-old child missing down in the Quarters?”
Those are just a few of the ways that the scumbag author of this story chose to focus his article on blaming the 11 year old victim for her own gang-rape. Don’t miss this post, a much more thoughtful analysis of the media coverage here. My head is too full of explosion to really think straight on this subject. I hope her mother doesn’t listen to assholes and blame herself. The people responsible for this rape are the men who raped her, period. Why is that hard for any sane person to understand?