The report last week about the 11-year-old girl who was raped by 18 men has me feeling sick to my stomach.
Adolescent boys and men in their 20s were videotaped assaulting the girl in an abandoned trailer.
The rhetoric of the article is sickening: it highlights the “star” quality of two of the suspects as being star athletes in the high school; residents told writers that the girl had been seen dressed “provocatively and in make-up”; people have blamed the parents for allowing her to be dressed the way she was; one woman even said “Maturity or not I’m pretty sure she knew what she was doing”.
It is this rhetoric that still makes rape acceptable in many parts of the world.
The victim is blamed for the act, and in this case it seemingly doesn’t matter that she is only 11 years of age, and in the eyes of the law she CANNOT consent to any sexual act. Having sex with a woman – or in this case a girl – who is dressed alluringly is okay, as it was for that Canadian gentleman.
How do you feel?