WTF NYT – because she dressed that way she asked for it.

At Thanksgiving and eleven year old girl was raped in Texas. Many details have come to light, and the victim wasn’t the one to tell her tale. Another student at the school saw a video of a gang rape on her mobile phone and took it to the office. The student was questioned and the matter handed over to the police. This is where the New York Times comes in and prints an article from a correspondant in Texas that was published in the March 9th edition of the newspaper on page A19.

The article shows no sympathy for the victim, instead it plays up the town as a “working-class neighborhood” and paints a picture of community devastation but not one quote from a resident or sympathy from JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. who wrote the article.

Instead I see these types of quotes:

“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.”

O RLY? Those poor, poor boys they will have to go through life being rapists. Boys will be boys. What about the eleven year old girl who was raped?

“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.”

“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record. “How can you have an 11-year-old child missing down in the Quarters?”

Yes let’s blame the mother and her wardrobe. How can a twenty-seven year old man resist something as alluring as a sharp dressed preteen?

This whole article makes me sick, thanks a lot NYT for reminded me of my bad opinion of you.

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    This is precisely why sexual crimes like that continue on with such full force, because someone somewhere is always assuring the assailant that they could not help but do what they did, because they were enticed. When in the world are people going to understand that sexual urges can be contained and curbed? As a matter of fact, it is our RESPONSIBILITY to. I mean, some people feel horny sitting on the bus on their ride home from work – they don’t begin humping the bus-driver, do they? Even if a man sees a teenager who may be dressed in skimpy attire – your lewd and disgusting urges ought to be contained until you can go somewhere private and relieve yourself – not take out your aggression on that teenager!

    Plus, rape is almost never about the actual act of sex anyway, it is almost always about control. I mean, whoever wrote this article obviously did not bother doing ANY research – it is more like a ridiculous opinion based diorama than an actual article in actual newspaper! If they had taken any psychological and or social norms into consideration, they would realize that the victim’s clothing probably had nothing to do with it, and her age/innocence and inability to defend herself was probably a more salient reason for her becoming the victim. Shame on New York Times – I, for one, am outraged!!!! Ugh.

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    Oh yes, blame the little 11 year old for dressing older than her age, thus asking to be raped. Sickening.

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    Wow, that’s awful. I really don’t know what goes through people’s heads sometimes – a 27-year old man should have better judgment than an 11-year old girl, and should be able to restrain himself, no matter how scantily-clad she might be. I hope that man gets locked up for life.

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    Wait, so because she dresses a certain way and hangs out with older boys she was begging to be raped? I don’t think so, New York TImes. Who approved this article? Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The world needs to know this is NOT okay.

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    AH! I just read your post to my husband, we are both fuming over here!! I am BEYOND ticked off about this!

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    I have 3 daughters so you can imagine how these kinds of things make me feel. Unfortunately, incidents like this happen more than most people realize. Even adults in the school systems don’t seem to be able to keep their hands off young girls…when they get caught, they try to use “consent” as a justification for their actions. It is happening so often that the state of Mississippi is having to legislate tougher penalties for teachers/coaches who have sex with students…with consent taken off the table. Up until now the adults have just been re-assigned…lots of times to elementary schools *eyes are rolling here*

    We’ve had one incident with a 27 year old soccer coach at our community Sportsplex. After he began “stalking” our 17 year old via text messages, my husband got the man’s phone number and called him. My husband told him…”there are people in everyone’s life that they wished they’d never fucked with…for you, I am that person.” The coach never contacted my daughter again. We were lucky though that our daughter was scared enough to tell us…many young people don’t tell. This guy told my husband that he didn’t mean anything by any of his text messages…he texts so many players every day that he couldn’t even keep up with them all…now how scary is that?

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    Ugh, that’s disgusting. Like, okay, they interviewed some local townspeople. How about the girl’s PARENTS, hmm? I bet THEY don’t see the town/rapists as victims. Eff you, NYT. *seethes*

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    This is such a terrible thing to happen to anyone, let alone an 11-year old girl, and then to top it off the community around her, and the wider nation seems to be attacking her for being attacked. It makes so sense to me, except as one in a long line of misogynistic actions performed over the years and justified through brainwashing and fear. It’s sad that girls today are still victimized BY THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES after being victimized by these sick perpetrators.

    Thanks for the post and all the comments – the responses that I have seen of this have made me hope that this may change one day.

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    It is effing disgusting how this country views rape. The article is absolutely horrifying, and how people can hold these views is beyond me.

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    I read another reaction article about this today, by Keli Goff. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keli-goff/of-course-she-was-asking-_b_835782.html) I think we’re all on the same page. Cannot believe how *ridiculous* people are! People need to read Living Dead Girl, Mockingbirds, Exposed, etc. Sure, sometimes people make bad decisions and get themselves into trouble–but blaming the victim gets us nowhere useful.

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    OMG, WTF is right. I cannot believe they were pitying the boys. Ummmm, hello? That poor girl. Things like this just make me sick.

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    Wow! I had not seen this article, but I now have no desire to. The “blame the victim” just ticks me off and I will have no reason to support someone who falls on this bandwagon. Just sick!

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    This made me really mad when I saw it too. Someone tweeted about it, and I didn’t know what was wrong with the article at the beginning…. then they started with the community quotes. I wanted to vomit. :( I don’t care what the girl was wearing or where her mother was. Those boys have NO excuse for what they did.

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