15-Year Old Ganged Raped While Others Watched

|
I just can't believe what I was reading this morning and it angers me to no end. A 15-year old was gang raped for about 2 hours by at least 4 guys while as many as a dozen people watched and cheered. This happened at Richmond High School's homecoming dance in Richmond City, which is 45 minutes from where I live. Based on evidence the police collected, the 15 year old attended the homecoming dance and left at 9:30pm. While she was waiting for her dad to pick her up, she met a schoolmate who asked her to hangout with a group of friends at one end of the school. She drank with the guys and got drunk. Soon afterward, the assault began. The victim was also beaten and had her jewelries stolen. Two guys have been arrested in connection to the rape. Police say there were videos and pictures taken and they are now scouring several social media sites to look for them.

The assault lasted over 2 hours on a school site and with people filtering in to watch the assault and few even joined in the assault, and yet, it didn't catch the eyes and ears of the school administrators or the four police officers on duty that night? It's disgusting that such violence was committed and more disgusting others just watched and was entertained by it. At this point, it is assumed that no one tried to help the girl. Can there be such cruelty in the hearts of all the people in attendance that none was compelled to do something? This is going to be traumatic for both the victim and suspects' parents.

As a parent, it's rage and disheartening both ways to find out that your child had been a victim of a crime or a suspect of a crime. I always remind my kids, whatever they do is a reflection of me and not just them. If they do something bad, it's shame cast on their parents too so they need to be mindful of their actions and speech. This incident will be a talking point to my kids after school today. I will remind them about safety at school, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, and more importantly, about behaviors. My kids hate it when I give them these lectures, I think they can recite it back to me, but, it's important for all parents to have these important conversations with their children.


14 comments:

Eldest said...

It's outrageous that something as sickening as this happened at a school dance!!! My prayer to the girl and her family.

Maria@LSS said...

This is disgusting and very alarming. Our kids are supposed to be safe in school.

A Vecchioni said...

Good points about talking to your kids. It's really important for kids to be vigilant about their surroundings at all times. Raising the matter after a local tragedy is a solid way to remind them that people with malicious intentions are everywhere. You can't take somebody's easy nature at face value. If you don't know the person, you don't know their motives---.

Rose Belle said...

@Eldest - It is outrageous and I hope parents will talk to their kids about drugs, alcohol, and practice safety at all times. My prayer goes to the family and the victim

@Maria - I hope all schools will learn from this incident and increase security as well as other revisit their current procedures in handling dances or school events so that all students are safe.

@Anthony - I raised a very good point "malicious intentions are everywhere". Kids are especially gullible. I talked to mine about dangers out there. I think it is so important that parents engage in open dialogues with their kids about the dangers of peer pressure and about being diligent in their surroundings so they can exercise good judgement when something arises.

Willie said...

This is bad.

Rose Belle said...

@Willie - It really is bad but the good news is the police have 2 more suspects bringing the total to 4. I feel bad for the parents of the suspects. I'm sure they are agonizing over this news that their sons had committed such horrible violence onto another human being.

Rose Belle said...

Oops! Typo error in my reply to Anthony - should be "you made a very good point "malicious intentions are everywhere". Sorry for the confusion!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

This is totally shocking to say the least. So many things have to be analyzed without being self righteous in one's approach. First, the girl should have just waited for her dad and not went along with her acquaintance and drank with their group. She was inviting trouble when she did that. That as many as twelve witnessed the gang rape and did nothing or even participated in it, shows the general breakdown of morality among many of the American youth today. Everything has to be "cool" and acceptable to peer's mores and values. Children who have been nurtured in Christian values and who participate in wholesome Christian activities will normally avoid such incidents. Let us entrusts our youth to God and pray for them so that they will see the light and mend their ways. Thanks for the disturbing post. God bless you always.

Cheryl said...

I too was outraged over this horrible incident. What is wrong with people?? I have always taught my children to be aware of who they are with, where they are and if they feel something is wrong or are uncomfortable, to call me anytime, anywhere, ASAP! My heart goes out to the victim and her family.

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl: As parents, we are constantly watching out for our kids, teaching them to be safe and avoid dangers by being diligient of their surroundings. What happened to the 15 year old is a constant reminder the malicious world we live in.

Rose Belle said...

@Mel: There are many ifs. If the girl hadn't left the party by herself. If she had waited for her father, If she didn't heed to the advice of her schoolmate. I used this tragic to teach my kids and told them if she had this and that, then it would not have happened. Peer pressure and the need to want to fit it is so tremendous for teenagers, it blinds them from making healthy and safe decision.

ladyviral said...

Parents need to control their kids, tell about safety and teach them the wrongs and rights.

Sometimes, it isn't the victim's fault for not learning.. but when she is held down by a bunch and all, she can't do anything anymore... so it bounds back the victim's assaulters parents for not teaching their kids the right thing to do. They all got their wrong. :(

Rose Belle said...

@ladyviral: It must also be a horrible feeling inside know that your child committed such horrible crimes because you feel guilty and responsible for not teaching them well to make moral decisions. It's bad both ways, for the victims and suspects' parents

housewife9988 said...

It's hilarious... nowadays, ppl kept preaching and yet nobody is able to convince round the globe that the crime is getting lesser..
It's sad world n the people didnt bother a thought on the victim esp.