‘Douche du Jour’: New York Times Implies 11-Year-Old Gang Rape Victim ‘Had it Coming’
The New York Times yesterday reported on the horrific gang rape of an 11-year-old Texas girl by a group of 18 boys and young men. According to the article, written by James C. McKinley, an elementary school student alerted a teacher to the existence of a shocking cell phone video that showed one of her classmates being raped. The video led police to an abandoned trailer home in the town of Cleveland, where they discovered evidence of the heinous crime. According to the Times, one 19-year-old boy invited the girl to go for a ride in his car. She accepted, and he drove her to the trailer home where she was ordered to undress and was repeatedly raped by the group. They threatened to beat her if she resisted. Some of them recorded the assault with their cell phone cameras.
A group of 18 suspects was rounded up and charged with the attack. The suspects range in age from middle school students to a 27-year-old. They include five students at Cleveland High School, including two members of the school basketball team, the 21-year-old son of a school board member, as well as some hardened criminals. McKinley then asks how the young men could “have been drawn into such an act.”
His answer? “[Local residents] 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… one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record.”
Are you kidding me? McKinley seems to be trying to make sense of this senseless rape by insinuating that the little girl had it coming. The reporter also expresses the viewpoint that the girl’s mother was somehow to blame for the attack. It also quotes a local hospital worker who said the rape “destroyed our community” and expressed what sounds like sympathy for the rapists. “These boys will have to live with this the rest of their lives,” she said. These boys? What about the victim?
The social justice website Change.org, which is running a petition that aims to draw an apology from the New York Times as well as an editorial from a victim’s rights expert on how victim blaming in the media contributes to the prevalence of sexual assault, said: “1 in 4 American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. A culture that blames victims for being raped – for what they were wearing, where they were, and who they were with – rather than blaming the rapist is a culture that tacitly condones rape. A society that is more concerned with how being held accountable for rape will impact the perpetrator than for the well being of the victim is a society that doesn’t take rape seriously.”
We couldn’t agree more.