In Cleveland, TX - a small town about 30 miles outside Houston, 18 boys and men ranging from middle school age to age 27 were charged with participating in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl.
Take a moment to read that sentence out loud to yourself. And then take a moment to read this
We have gone from blaming women for "getting" raped because of the way they dressed, talked, acted, walked, etc. to blaming young women, to blaming LITTLE GIRLS.
The attorney for the men (EIGHTEEN OF THEM) is asking why the girl didn't report the rape to the police.
Residents of Cleveland are being quoted as saying the girl "dressed older" and lied about her age, and that the sex was consensual. Nevermind that an 11 year old can't legally consent. Even if this girl was 17 (age of consent in Texas) the facts of this case as outlined in the Houston Chronicle and other publications don't point towards consent, at all.
Others in Cleveland are blaming the victims mother for the attack, stating she should have kept a better eye on her child and know of her whereabouts.
Here's a "nice" quote - "Maturity or not I'm pretty sure she knew what she was doing," Robin Smith, 24, a cashier in Cleveland, said as she shopped this week.
I understand that this horrible crime is putting a national spotlight on Cleveland and obviously not in a good way, but when the concern seems to be directed at the student body of Cleveland High School, because some of their football players got arrested... and NOT towards the 11 YEAR OLD GIRL who was gang raped (they have the cell phone video of this, so there is no "allegedly" necessary) I literally want to throw up.