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SHOCKING: 15-Year-Old Girl Raped, Police Dismiss the Case Because Victim and Attackers Have "Low IQs"


Society & Culture  (tags: rape, sexual assault, violence, women, girls, 15 yo girl, three boys, mentally challenged, handicapped, New York state, police, case dismissed, no justice, Martin De Porres Academy, Long Island, teacher present, nothing done )

Brian
- 614 days ago - alternet.org
"In some of the most disturbing and sickening news of the day, New York state police have decided that a 15-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by three boys was in fact not sexually assaulted because both she and the boys are mentally handicapped. "



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tasunka m. (332)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:07 pm
noted,what a tragedy
thanks Brian
 

Vicky P. (466)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:17 pm
disgusting :(
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:58 pm
This is so f.u. I don't care what your mental state is, rape is rape!
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 3:03 pm
??? No word on the finding of evidence for this allegation, or the lack thereof ???
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:33 pm
The teacher was present in the room when the attack happened! Why didn't they help her? Why didn't they get help for her? Did they not get her medical attention? Her head was banged during the crime, she could of had head trauma among other things she had to endure. Why didn't the school notify the parents right away? Why did the parent only find out when they saw blood on her underwear? I think these boys knew enough of what they were doing to be held accountable and poor dear understood what was happening as she said no no. No excuse, poor girl.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:59 pm
WTF
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:09 pm
HOW DARE THEY !!
 

alicia m. (100)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:48 pm
noted, gracias brian y gracias david
 

Kerstin Strobl (355)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:58 pm
So sad, thank you Brian
 

Vivien Green (150)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:39 am
what a betrayal on behalf of the school.
The culprits may have a low I.Q. but they are not above knowing what the word NO means.
Utterly disgraceful they must be punished and made to understand, otherwise they may continue raping.
My heart goes out to this poor vulnerable girl, shame on the police for their lack of compassion.
 

Brian M. (197)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:46 am
There is so much liability for this horrific situation. The perpetrators need to be punished in some meaningful that also takes into account their diminished mental capacity. The school needs to be held accountable for creating conditions that made this event possible. The teacher who sat in the room and did nothing as this violation took place should be punished most severely because he, in particular, was in the position to do something to save this girl and he did nothing...not even so much as to at least alert other teachers if he was too cowardly or weak to directly intervene himself. More so than even the perpetrators who are mentally challenged, the teacher had the capacity to fully realize the complete consequences of what was happening; the moral obligation to stop it; and the ability, at least one would hope, to fully empathize with the degradation, fear, and pain that the victim was experiencing.

Those boys need to be punished primarily in the form of limiting their ability to do it again. They should be placed in a facility where they will not have access to girls or even to smaller boys for them to abuse. The teacher, by stark contrast and as the moral agent who failed his duty, should be taken somewhere publicly and there horsewhipped for a significant period of time. He should lose his job and be permanently banned from working with children and/or the mentally challenged. He should face a severe fine and some prison time. And, because those penalties do not communicate the sheer error of his judgement, he should carry the scars of the lash to remind him to use better moral judgement in the future.

These children are all special and, as such, they may not be fully capable of making moral judgments. The teachers that supervise them are responsible for maintaining a safe, disciplined atmosphere in the classroom. This one teacher needs to be made an example of, in order to ensure that other teachers at that school and elsewhere know the liability they face if they do nothing in the event of student violence.
 

Penny C. (79)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:59 am
Sickening & wrong,they need punishment to learn this is so wrong.They may do it again thinking its ok.What is wrong with the mindset of these judges!
 

Brian M. (197)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:01 pm
Legally, the mentally handicapped are not considered capable of necessarily distinguishing between right and wrong...thus they need to be assessed and the appropriate punishment meted out.
 

Natasha Salgado (538)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:37 pm
Where's that Astoroid???? After reading this sick and twisted story,i'm convinced the only escape from this lack of humanity is a direct hit from that elusive Astoroid...bring it on.
 

Migi H. (19)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:18 pm
What makes it even more shocking is the fact that a teacher was there but why didn't he/she do anything to stop the attack? Or are they going to cite "low IQ" again for the lack of inaction? My heart goes out to the girl, an act of rape is an act of rape, even if she (and the perpetrators) has low IQ, that doesn't makes it more acceptable.
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:34 pm
"The school did fire the teacher who was present in the classroom during the attack." Whoop-ti-do. THAT will satisfy everyone. NOT.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday February 15, 2013, 12:25 am
How horrible. Thanks Brian.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:48 am
let us take notes now. "retards cannot rape and be raped by other retards"? because they do not know what is happening?
 

pam w. (191)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:19 pm
Something is SERIOUSLY missing from this account....this CANNOT be all of it!
 

Freya H. (306)
Friday February 15, 2013, 4:47 pm
Ri-freaking-diculous! Rape is rape, period.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday February 15, 2013, 6:13 pm
Say what???
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:10 pm
The children in the situation may have particularly low IQ's, but what is the excuse of the police involved!?
AND, there was a teacher in the room at the time of the attacks? Fired?? Why not charged with negligence, with endangering the welfare of all the kids involved, especially the girls?
What is that ones\'s excuse for not stopping the ssituation, calling for help, if afraid to move in on his/her own !
I did not not whether this happened in Nassau, or Suffolk county, but Suffolk used to have a reputation for being culturally slow...is it still true?
 

Shawna S. (42)
Friday February 15, 2013, 8:33 pm
Oh...I am sooooo MAD!!!! Consensual??? Um, NO!!! Too difficult to handle the situation?? Um, WTF? Those boys beat her, raped her and got away with it. Um, WRONG!!! And the law knows it. I guess the folks making these very poor decisions don't have teenage daughters. Shame, shame on them and those boys.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:52 am
so what ever happend to "these kind of people are always the sweetest, non threatening, harmless, loving, kind, friendly people out there"?
 

Ge M. (218)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:54 am
Just because someone does not have an average IQ does not mean that they cannot be raped. After all, most of the police in America fall far below the average IQ and they appear to function in a job. Then they think that someone, as stupid as they are, cannot be raped. Does that mean that they can't arrest anyone?
 

Tim C. (1965)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 10:33 am
thanks, Brian
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 11:06 am
Shocking doesn't begin to describe this incident.
 

Dana H. (229)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 8:52 pm
WTH?????????
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:09 pm
Sad.
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:43 pm
Again, Me being ashamed of living on the same planet as these guys (the policemen) is an understatement here!

Oh well, there is always more work to do ... The more it changes, the more it stays the same!

Hello, can I order some ONE-WAY tickets to Pluto, I've got a bunch of morons to get rid of!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:59 pm
I think this is one of the most horrifying real-life occurances I have ever heard of.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:41 am
This is disgraceful!! We listen to what small children say when bad things have happened to them, so why not vulnerable teenagers? And even people with very low IQ's understand No and Stop!
 

DSimplyAnnoying O. (191)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:53 pm
A teacher present and unable to intervene, call for assistance or do anything to prevent this, absolutely appalling.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:38 pm
I think that "The school did fire the teacher who was present in the classroom during the attack" says a great deal. Wouldn't that behavior make that teacher an accessory to this crime?
 

Claudia Acosta (27)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:42 am
noted :(
 

Helen Porter (40)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:30 am
Yet, if a man had been assaulted, of course that would be different.

Unless, of course, the assaulted man had a low IQ
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 7:23 am
Beyond words!!!! I am speechless!!! Poor girl! Thanks Brian!
 
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