Earlier this week I wrote about a program in the UK that police have launched to raise awareness of rape and personal safety during the holiday season. I was quickly reminded how important these programs are and really how important it is that we get them right when I read the following comment by a reader in answer to the post’s poll: Do you think men’s support is necessary to end rape?
“Yeah, I think men should be targeted, good thinking. The earlier the better too, seeing as two 10 year old boys have just been found guilty of raping an 8 year old girl here in the UK”
First thank you reader for your support and for informing me of an incident I had yet to learn about.
Now on the incident – WHAT? Two 10-year-old boys raped an 8-year-old girl? What?
According to the young girl she followed the boys to a park in Hayes, West London to play on the jungle gym but instead the boys led her to some bushes where they took turns raping her.
She ran home and told her parents what happened and they immediately notified the police. Soon after the boys were arrested and after appearing in court last week they were charged with two counts of rape. The boys were released on conditional bail and will return to court for another hearing after the new year on January 2.
In the U.S. a 14-year-old boy is facing charges this month after allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in a stairwell at school. The boy is being charged in Juvenile Court with rape and false imprisonment.
Both of these stories are incredibly sad and disturbing. What more proof do we need that anti-rape programs should be aimed at men – the sooner the better?
It is time that we empower boys and men with the tools to un-learn rape and accept women as their equals. This will not happen overnight or in a year or maybe even over a decade but the consequences of not starting now are too devastating.
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