For those of you who haven’t heard, an 11-year old girl was raped by EIGHTEEN men in Cleveland, TX. What’s the reaction? Shock, dismay, care for the innocent victim? Hell, no! Instead, there have been mass amounts of victim blaming. Yes, seriously. For example in the New York Times disturbingly rape-friendly article:
Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands—known as the Quarters—said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. 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?”
The article also sympathizes the rapists – did I mention there were 18 men? – saying:
The case has rocked this East Texas community to its core and left many residents in the working-class neighborhood where the attack took place with unanswered questions. 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.”
THE BOYS HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT??? WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK THE GIRL HAS TO LIVE WITH???
Forget about depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual issues, lack of trust, difficulty in relationships, remembering what happened every second of every day – forget that she’s a person because she was asking for it with her slutty makeup and wish to fit in and be liked by people. She didn’t even go to the police (which is VERY common because of the victim blaming backlash that often occurs) – they came to her when a cell phone video started circulating around the community. The only good thing that might come out of this is that maybe this girl will be able to get help to allow her to cope with what happened to her.
To the poor, innocent girl who was a victim – we support you 100%.
Read a decent cover of the story here (FOX, you continue to surprise me!): http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/09/18-arrested-sexual-assaults-11-year-old-texas-girl/
And because I’m overwhelming sick of people claiming that we women deserve it when we get raped sadistically by assholes, here’s a clip from The Vagina Monologues for you all.