What happens when a 15-year girl with a low IQ is gang-raped in a classroom at her school?
This incident is the most egregious and sickening I have read about in a long time.
Nassau County police have decided to drop the case of three ninth-grade boys who allegedly attacked a mentally challenged girl last year, because the attackers also have low IQs. Apparently that makes the attack consensual, according to them.
In May of last year, three boys attacked a 15-year-old mentally challenged student at Martin De Porres Academy, a school for students with special needs in Long Island. According to the police report, one of the boys repeatedly banged her head against the table while the other two forced her to give them oral sex and then tried to have forcible anal sex with her. In interviews with the police, the girl explained how she repeatedly said “no” and “stop” but that the boys continued to assault her. When the girl returned home that night, “she was quiet and very sad looking” and had blood on her panties, her heartbroken mother told The News.
But the Nassau County Police Department recently decided to drop the case after learning that the boys also had learning disabilities and mental handicaps, which apparently made the situation far too complicated for the police department.
How do head-banging, bloody underwear, repeatedly saying “no” and “stop” add up to consensual activity? This is quite simply a hateful case of misogyny. Because she is female, her low IQ doesn’t count; because her attackers were boys, their low IQ does count.
It gets worse.
Madeline Lee Bryer, attorney for the victim’s mother, pointed out that since the girl has an IQ of about 50, she “did not have the capacity to consent.”
Several weeks later, without informing the mother, school administrators asked the Nassau County police to drop the case.
“The school administration request (sic) no further police action and will handle additional behavioral and social issues with traning (sic) and additional counseling,” reads the case report by Detective Beth McKenzie, as reported in The Daily News.
Wait, aren’t laws supposed to protect those who cannot defend themselves? Has the school done anything?
Yes, administrators at Martin Porres Academy have fired the teacher who was present in the classroom during the attack. As a teacher, I cannot imagine allowing this to happen. Of course, confronting three angry males who are stronger than you doesn’t work – that’s what security systems are for, to get help.
Parents entrust their children to us every day, and we are “in loco parentis” as long as those youngsters are at school. I am deeply ashamed to share the title of “teacher” with this person.
So these boys, with their low IQ, will go scot-free. Not so Warren Lee Hill who, in spite of his low IQ, faces execution by the state of Georgia this week, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has made executing the severely mentally disabled unconstitutional.
It seems that having a low IQ pushes you down the ladder, but being female puts you at the very bottom.
Not that this is news, of course: we’ve seen how saving a fetus is often considered of paramount importance: whether it’s the notion that women cannot think for themselves and need men to help them; the need for vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion; or the complete lack of abortion facilities.
With this latest incident, we see yet again that we have a long way to go on the issue of gender equality.
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