On March 8, New York Times published an article about a 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 males, ages ranged between 12-27. The rape was discovered because the boys recorded it on their cell phones and passed it around. Instead of focusing on the atrocity of the rape — a gang rape — of a little girl, the writer, James C. Mckinley, wrote his piece centered on community responses to the rape in which the girl is accused and blamed for bringing on the rapes. According to the article, “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.” Instead of writing against such violent assaults or denigrating the boys for such an assault, the child is blamed. This is an affront.
Shelby Knox has begun a petition against The New York Times at change.org, intended to make NYT apologize for its reckless and reprehensible news coverage of this assault. Please go on the site and sign the petition, which has already acquired 18,000 signatures. Every signature helps and it will only take a few seconds of your time. We have to change the way rape — and gang rape– is treated in this country. No woman or child asks to be raped. Nor does she ever deserve it.
- NY Times example of rape culture (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)
- Thursday: Little Girls Do Not Cause Men to Rape (skydancingblog.com)
- The New York Times’ sloppy, slanted child rape story (salon.com)
- Eighteen Charged in Texas Gang Rape (socyberty.com)
- Rape Myths (volunteermanual.wordpress.com)