Again, this is why I should not read the newspaper while eating breakfast. Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town read the headline in The New York Times. "Students Among 18 Arrested in Gang Rape of 11-Year-Old." What's enraging is that the headline is not the worst part of this story. The suspects range in age from middle school students to 27 years old. According to The Times:
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.
Of course, they made at least one video while raping the girl. Another student received a copy on her cellphone and showed it to her teacher. That's when the town was shaken. As one woman told The Times, “It’s just destroyed our community. These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.” (Emphasis mine.) Yes, her sympathy lies with the rapists. Oh those poor boys who hung out with grown men with criminal records and raped someone! They can't go to school now.
Really, it isn't their fault, others said. The girl was asking for it. 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." The same woman wringing her hands about the boys' future reminded readers that it was as much the girl's mother's fault as anyone's. “Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?”
What I would like to know is this: who the fuck raised these boys to think it is OK to hang out with older men, kidnap girls (or women, for that matter), and rape them? If the girl's mother is a bad parent, what about the member of the school board whose 21 year old son participated in raping and videotaping? What about the parents of the middle school students who let their sons hang out with men in the same age group the girl seems to have spent time with?
Another woman said, “I really wish that this could end in a better light.” A BETTER LIGHT? Really? A person was fucking gang raped and she is worried that the incident end in a "better light?" What kind of light would be better? That we find out the girl actually hypnotized the boys and men and tricked them into raped her and videotaping it? WHAT THE FUCK?
I'm so angry I can't sit still. Twenty years ago, the movie "Thelma and Louise" came out. In it, one woman is about to be raped outside a bar after dancing with a male patron and drinking with him. Her friend tells him to leave the woman alone, and when he tells her to fuck off, she shoots him. The movie hints that she was raped a long time ago in Texas and nothing happened to her rapist because "she asked for it." I guess things still roll that way in Texas. Even if you are eleven.