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...WTF.

Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.  And passed on via lash_larue : 
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“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.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

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.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

And here's what I wrote to the Times.   This is is an 11 year old child we are talking about here.  Eleven.  It doesn't matter what she was wearing, whether she had make up on or who she hung out with.  She had a right to her bodily integrity and NO ONE had the right, even if she "consented" (11 is below the age of consent even in Texas) to violate it.  To pretend that any of the details your reporter cited are at all relevant to the crime against this child is absurd and disgusting.  You owe that child, her family and your readers an apology for your lack of professionalism in the reporting of this story.   Shame on you.

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dickgloucester
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes.

That little girl will live with this the rest of her life and may never recover. Little girl. Not much older than my #1. Little girl.

*spits*
albalark
Mar. 16th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Little girl. Not much older than my #1. Little girl. Mine, too. It was almost all I could think of when I saw this post, and it was a fight between nausea and wanting to go join a lynch mob. And how *dare* the NYT victimize her a second time. That poor child.
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