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15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped: Witnesses Watched and Did Nothing

15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped: Witnesses Watched and Did Nothing

When I heard about the story I’m about to share with you I was sick to my stomach and my eyes filled with tears. I literally couldn’t believe the words as I read them across my computer screen. As my brain registered the reality I found it harder and harder to assuage my rage.

Last Saturday night after a high school homecoming dance in Richmond, California a 15-year-old girl was brutally gang raped by at least four assailants. As many as 20 people watched or became involved in the attack and not one person did anything to help the young girl or call the police. For two-and-a-half hours she was raped and beaten while onlookers laughed and took photos – some even joining in.

It wasn’t until a female student at a local house party overheard people “reminiscing about the incident” that someone finally called the police to report the crime.

The victim was found unconscious under a bench in a secluded area near the school in such critical condition that she needed to be helicoptered to a nearby hospital. 

Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but police expect as many as 20 additional arrests.

“She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other’s presence,” said Lt. Mark Gagan, a patrol supervisor in the city’s Northern Policing District. “What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening, and failed to report it.”

The fact that a group of men watched and were entertained – laughing and taking pictures – by a woman being repeatedly raped and beaten at their feet is outrageous. This wasn’t a television set or movie screen they were watching (not that that would make it OK either), but a real live human being within their reach who was being brutally attacked.

Why was their instinct to watch and enjoy and not call the police or intervene? Were they afraid their masculinity would be in question if they did? Did they not view the attack as a crime?

Anna North at Jezebel said it best:

“This isn’t a case of people turning their heads away and saying ‘none of my business. It’s a situation in which 15 boys and men (one suspect in custody is 19, the other 15) treating public, brutal assault as a form of entertainment.”

And what about the rapists who were so unashamed by their attack that they proceeded even after a crowd formed? Did they assume that no-one would call the police? Did they enjoy having an audience?  

These are questions to think about as we dissect this inhumane and disturbing crime.

Luckily, police have reported that the victim is in stable condition – physically at least – but I can’t image the road to recovery she will soon embark on. For this survivor – and all women who have survived rape – I wish you justice.

Watch a video of Lt. Johan Simon, Richmond, CA, Police Department describe what happened the night of homecoming.

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2:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

This is how decadent, immoral, mentally depraved, and totally violent American society has become!!!!!

2:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

This is how decadent, immoral, mentally depraved, and totally violent American society has become!!!!!

2:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

This is how decadent, immoral, mentally depraved, and totally violent American society has become!!!!!

2:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

This is how decadent, immoral, mentally depraved, and totally violent American society has become!!!!!

2:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

This is how decadent, immoral, mentally depraved, and totally violent American society has become!!!!!

5:54AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thank you for the article. It is sad, when someone is alone. And i hope that other people have someone behaves supportedly towards and who takes them seriously.

Always when i hear about terrible things it makes me sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

About me... there is no one who takes me seriously... :( i hate my own life, i wish i would vanish... that no one would have a burden (me) anymore...

Please forgive these sadness

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last

4:58AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Very well done to the good lady who reported this crime to the police!

I hope that the victim of this horrendous crime feels the sympathy and good wishes of the bulk of humanity who are disgusted by this attack.

Shame on those gutless and bad citizens who supported this act by standing by and watching refusing to help in any way!

It is so very sad that in 2011 that a defenceless young girl was allowed to be so brutally attacked in the eyes of people who have lost any sense of respect or decency towards a fellow human being!

I hope that the police department get the full support of all decent people who must be disgusted in the local community.

5:46PM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

I agree with having them all killed as a punishment. These psychos aren't worthy of life. Cruel or passive: traits we should eliminate. In all situations, remember to monitor/cover your drinks ladies and gents.

7:45AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

There is only one way to deal with these people including the ones who just watched, HANG the lot of them, catch them take them to court and from the court to the gallows, no jail time, get the work out that doing this to women and children will no longer mean jail it will mean death.
I would be happy to hang them all myself in public, they are cowards, they are scum and they need to die... NO second chances.
My thoughts and best wishes are with the girl, may she get all the help and support that she needs in this life.

6:59AM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

All of those witnesses should be taken to jail too, because they failed as humans the same way the attackers did.
They should have learned that it is their duty to intervene when such evil actions are taking place.

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