Over the years we have all heard how some people have made excuses for or have justified rape. Most of these are really lame like, “she was asking for it” or “she was wearing a low cut skirt”. I have even heard stories of men whose wives won’t have sex with them and have raped them. While I can sympathize with you for being in a sexless marriage, raping your wife is not ok. Divorce her and find some skank who likes to have sex.
Basically what I am saying is that there is never a reason or an excuse to rape someone.
Back in November of 2010 in Cleveland, Texas just outside of Houston an 11 year old girl was raped. Not just raped, but raped repeatedly over the course of a month by 19 boys and men ranging in ages from middle school age to 27. It made the news both locally and nationally and has been updated over the last couple of months as more charges were added.
Some of the suspects have already pleaded guilty, some however have not. All of them are currently awaiting trial.
This story pisses me off to no end and it should piss you off as well. Even more so once I tell you some more about the case.
How could an 11 year old girl be raped repeatedly? Well apparently this girl’s parents were not at home when all of this happened. And since the police got involved because of the crime, Child Protective Services has taken the girl out of their care. DUH! I don’t know the details of how and why the parents left this girl alone, so I really can’t say much about that nor will I judge them since I don’t know the details. But it does break my heart to hear that this happened in her own home while her parents were away.
As if the rape was not bad enough in and of itself, a local “community activist” has run his mouth in the local media making all kinds of crazy statements.
The first dumb thing the “community activist” said to the media was “why are the only people charged in this crime black?” Umm maybe because that is who committed the crime? What a “defense” to rape charges that is. Never mind the fact that some of the “suspects” recorded the incidents (both pictures and video) on their cell phones and these videos and pictures made their way around schools. And said videos show the “suspects” in the act (no the videos were not released by the police commented about them). Yes in 2011 someone made this claim.
Later on the “community activist” made a comment to the effect of “this girl had posted provocative photos of herself on Facebook and she looked older.” Really? That is your defense of these 19 scumbags? I don’t give a fuck if the 11 year old girl posted a picture of herself in a bikini while hanging from a stripper pole. That is NO FUCKING EXCUSE for raping an 11 year old girl. Hell that is not even an excuse for raping any woman. And if these young men could not tell the difference between a grown woman and an 11 year old girl, then they need to be locked up for that alone. But regardless of how old she is, rape is not acceptable to do regardless of how old the victim is.
As if those “excuses” were not enough from the “community activist”, he then claimed that “he has knowledge that people of other races were involved.” Well if that is true then why did you not pass this on to the police instead of telling the news that? Don’t get me wrong, if other people were involved, the police should investigate them as well. Instead of having these young men own up their actions you are claiming racism here? That is no excuse for rape.
Before I go I will tell you that the victim is hispanic, the accused are black, and the police/law enforcement are white. Does that really matter? I don’t think so.
What matters to me is that this “community activist” has a rather LONG HISTORY of claiming racism where it does not exist. I think instead of claiming racism all the time, this “community activist” should preach the message of “you need to get an education, you need to get a job, and you should not be out committing crimes”, then just maybe there would be less crime out there. But preaching that message does not pay nearly as much as the racism gig does. And it sure does not get your face in front of the cameras for the prime time news either. Now if this “community activist” had come out and told this community, “look you can’t be raping people and committing crimes”, then I might have some respect for the guy. But alas he has not said that or anything like it.
Now you might be asking why this story pisses me off so much, and that is a really good question. I will tell you. It pisses me off so much because my daughter is the same age as this young girl who was raped. And no girl should ever have to go through this. I hope all these young men are taken to trial, convicted, and sent away for the rest of their lives for what they have done.