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    11- year-old girl gang-raped by 18 men in Texas

    In a story that is horrifying both because of its content and the media coverage that has followed in its aftermath, 18 young men and teenage boys, some as young as middle-schoolers, were arrested in the town of Cleveland, Texas, for gang-raping an 11-year-old girl last November. The police learned about the assault last November, when one of the girl’s elementary-school classmates told her teacher that she had seen a cellphone video of the attack.

    According to an affidavit, which cited photos and videos as proof, the girl was offered a ride by a 19-year-old man, who took her to his house, forced her to disrobe, and along with several other men, sexually assaulted her. She was then taken to an abandoned mobile home, where the rest of the assaults occurred. Several of the attackers documented the event on their phones.

    All of this is now just hitting the news. New York Times reporter James McKinley Jr.’s approach, which focuses on the way that the East Texas community has reacted to the assaults, is problematic, insensitive, and victim-blaming. It paints the attackers as well-meaning “boys” who were “drawn into” the horrible violence, and describes the victim as dressing “older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” Although the alleged attackers are only now being arrested, and a trial has yet to commence, the coverage seems to indict the victim as if not more severely than the men who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl, while taking videos on their cellphones.

    As Shakespeare’s Sister points out, by the fourth paragraph of the NYT article we know a significant number of details about the attackers; the victim has yet to figure in the story aside from her gender and age. McKinley quotes a woman who is dismayed at the idea that “these boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.” Of course, the trauma of being raped by almost twenty men is made to seem negligable by comparison.

    To make matters worse, the description of the victim plainly implies that she was a deviant figure. She had been “visiting friends” in the neighborhood near the abandoned trailer in the months before her assault, and sometimes hung out with teenage boys near a playground. According to the woman quoted above, this means that the assault was the girl’s mother’s fault.

    “Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” she said. “How can you have an 11-year-old child missing down in the Quarters?”
    McKinley then launches into a description of the town’s economic depression, and describes the trailer’s bleak interior. Instead of the story of a violent crime perpetrated by adults and minors against another minor, this angle encourages us to feel sorry for the small town that has been “shaken to its core.” The attackers are equally victims, and the victim is for the most part absent. The word “rape” is only used a few times in the article, the fact that the girl could not have consented is mentioned nowhere, and the tragedy is not that an 11-year-old girl was subjected to unspeakable violence, but that the “town” (represented through the one person quoted) doesn’t know how to react.

    The Houston Chronicle‘s coverage is equally bad. Describing the victim’s Facebook postings, Cindy Horswell writes,
    “Sometimes she comes across like a little girl, such as when she talks of her special talent for making “weird sound effects” and “running in circles” to overcome nervousness.

    But she also makes flamboyant statements about drinking, smoking and sex. Yet her vulnerability pokes through the tough veneer as she tells of “being hurt many times,” where she “settled for less” and “let people take advantage” and “walk all over” her. She vows to learn from her mistakes.”
    As Margaret Hartmann writes on Jezebel, “Publishing information like that would be wrong if the victim was an adult, and it’s totally reprehensible in the case of a victim who “comes across like a little girl,” because that’s exactly what she is.” The idea that this girl needs to “learn from her mistakes” is absurdly offensive. It baldly implies that because of her actions, she was raped.
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    Beyond disgusting, sad, and maddening. Could say a lot more but I won't. That turned my stomach

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    I'll say they should be lined up and shot.

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    I didnt read the artical. the post was disturbing enough, and it makes me sick to my stomache.
    what is happening to our world, when an eleven year old kid is blamed for being gang raped. an eleven year old kid. and yes, where was her mother? and why did her mother allow her to dress like a grownup. yes, I can blame the mother because it was her job to teach the kid how to behave with self respect, to know where her daughter was and who she was with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jody View Post
    I didnt read the artical. the post was disturbing enough, and it makes me sick to my stomache.
    what is happening to our world, when an eleven year old kid is blamed for being gang raped. an eleven year old kid. and yes, where was her mother? and why did her mother allow her to dress like a grownup. yes, I can blame the mother because it was her job to teach the kid how to behave with self respect, to know where her daughter was and who she was with.
    I think that it is counter-productive to conflate the issue of irresponsible parenting, or even the precocious behavior of a minor female, with the gang rape of an 11 year old child.

    There is no conceivable circumstance that makes the actions of these males anything but horrific criminal acts.
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    I'll say they should be lined up and shot.
    Maybe the adults, but not the youngest ones. What they did was horrific, but I'm not certain a 12-year-old going along with a group of adults is as mentally aware of the nature of the actions he did. The younger ones need some serious therapy, though, and made known the barbaric nature of their actions.

    The adults in the situation can be shot for all I care.


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    I officially nominate this thread as "worst thing to read before 11 on a Saturday morning".

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    An administrator made me remove my signature.

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    todd,

    if the minors aren't shot their parents should be for letting them hang out with "adults" like these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolish Old View Post
    There is no conceivable circumstance that makes the actions of these males anything but horrific criminal acts.
    .......and that says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolish Old View Post
    I think that it is counter-productive to conflate the issue of irresponsible parenting, or even the precocious behavior of a minor female, with the gang rape of an 11 year old child.

    There is no conceivable circumstance that makes the actions of these males anything but horrific criminal acts.
    I totally agree. Unless it really is a case of mistaken communication, and men have truly valid reasons to believe sober consent is being given, it is rape. She was 11--it is rape. Rape is a crime of violence, not hormones… not that it would make any difference if it were the latter, since we humans (I use the term loosely in this case) have the incredible gift of free will and the ability to know that there is no justification for such a reprehensible act. Blaming the victim, and by extension her mother, is just wrong I think, and destroys any hope that we can have a civil society if we condone horrific crimes against people that, if anything, perhaps showed poor judgment.

    Why should what one wears matter at all? Is a day at the beach open season? If your 11-year-old son gets beaten up while being robbed, is the robber excused and you both blamed because the boy went to the city wearing his birthday watch? Just because he's showing it means he obviously wants to share it?

    Sorry, it makes me too angry to make much sense. I threatened once before to invite you all to take part in a survey research project I did in college. I may start to look for it again. Any takers?

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