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12-Year-Old Rape Victim Called "Negligent" and "Careless" By School District in Legal Papers

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: California, Maraga School district, sexual assault, 12-yr.-old rape victim, "rape culture", media, the law, gossip, Republicans, blaming the victim, Republican John Koster )

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The recent spate of GOP callousness towards rape victims is part of a broader rape culture in our country in which victims of sexual assault are frequently blamed for their own attacks--by gossip, by the media, and also in some cases, legally.

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Rose Becke (141)
Friday November 2, 2012, 3:05 pm

Vicky P (476)
Friday November 2, 2012, 7:22 pm
god, that's sickening..blaming women for being raped is getting very very tiring. Blame the criminal and toss his ass into jail for life.

BJ J (29)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 10:28 am
There is something definitely wrong with a judicial system that has so many "loopholes" allowing criminals to go free, only to commit more, often progressively more heinous crimes.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 10:51 am
I'm so mad I don't even know what to say here. Blaming the victim is something that should have ended ages ago. It's especially reprehensible when a child is the victim. We should be protecting our children not blaming them for some criminal's actions. Rape is hurtful enough without the victim having to go through the additional hurt of blame and name calling. Wish the people who lay the blame at the victim's feet could be charged with something too.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 10:57 am
What a sick society. She was just a baby and the teacher the adult. Then they wonder why people like Sandusky get away with it for so long.

Lea Johnson (2)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 11:12 am
Ifind myself in disbelief that responsible adults will take this attitude toward a young (child) victim of sexual assault. In my way of thinking, there must be some level of empathy with the perpetrator, and, in turn, some level of pedophilia lurking in the dark recesses of those who blame the girl in any way. It is nothing short of perversion to attribute any fault to the victim. But, how do we stop these monsters?

Jules W (61)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 12:02 pm
I am horrified, and in disbelief.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 12:43 pm
Ditto, all of the above. The only thing sicker than molesting a child is trying to justify your disease by claiming that the child was "asking for it".

David C (129)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:03 pm
rape is never the victim's fault.......

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:07 pm
I would like to say I am surprised-but hey, you know little girls just flaunt being weak so they are just asking for rape-they love it. What a sick attitude to treat a victim as being the cause of the rape. I swear I am not all that crazy about humans to begin with and stuff like this doesn't endear them to me. I think rapists should be physically neutered if it is definitely proven they are indeed guilty. Then they need to be sent to work farms to work for their keep rather than the rest of us supporting their worthless butts.

Margery Coffey (8)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:53 pm
12 year old girl vs. adult male in an authority position. Be real. The child is clearly the victim and the adult is just as clearly responsible for his actions. Am tired of this sick culture and its hatred of children, women and the elderly.

Joan Edwards (9)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:56 pm
Yup! Little girls are to blame for man's immorality. You've seen it in writing. Bastards!
We are clearly revolving into a caveman society. If men could only learn to keep it in their pants. Sigh... Next thing you know we will have to wear bhurkas. Even babies girls are not safe. But then neither are chickens or sheep!

Felix P (94)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:25 pm
"'s simply exhausting every avenue for defense against these allegations, but lawyers who work with these kinds of cases....."

And lawyers don't understand why people think they're the scum of the earth. Doing or saying anything not factual to get your guilty client off is hardly moral, especially dragging a rape victim, of any age, through the mud. Unfortunately, that's standard practice for lawyers and our "holier than thou" society condones and legal system condones and supports it.

John D (48)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:29 pm
Is it all conservative white men have sexual hang-ups? Seems to me the GOP (not all) are living in la-la land with no foothold in reality...

David Menard (43)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:56 pm
Not for nuthin but WTF? 12 yr old negligent ? just what are lawyers on lets see shall we depravity sounds about right. This country is circling the drain morally, socially economicly politiclly environmentally .

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:07 pm
What a despicable, cowardly and revolting thing to do. Blaming a twelve year old rape victim is so disgusting that anyone associated with this should feel ashamed.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:24 pm
It is NEVER the victim's fault. When adult males rape a child, he has lost his right to be human and must be treated accordingly.

Donna jean Bodnar (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:44 pm
Rape is to exert the perpetrator's POWER over the victim.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:55 pm
Debra, would that castration would prevent future rapes. But it won't. Something may, but it hasn't been found yet, unless you count solitary confinement.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:57 pm
And incidentally, this rape culture goes right along with the GOP blaming people with disabilities, people who are unemployed because their jobs were off shored, and others in like situations for being poor, and therefore wanting to cut off all benefits.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 5:30 pm
'12 years old' should mean send her to school instead of sexual abuse, period. The rapist is the only one to blame; he should have instead used a RealDoll legally and left the children alone!

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Monday November 5, 2012, 8:22 am
OMG - blaming the victim!

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Monday November 5, 2012, 11:33 am
That's something we can expect from Afganistan or Iran, but from the united states????
What kind of red neck cousin marrying idiots are we dealing with?
I hang my head in shame!

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Monday November 5, 2012, 11:43 am
That's what we can expect from Afganistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, but from the United States?????
What kind of red neck, cousin marrying, cretins are we dealing whith here?
I hand my head in shame!
(sorry if I posted twice, the first one didn't show up)

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:49 pm
Where in the world did these men get the idea that they could speak so cruelly, and with such a supercilious attitude?! It wasn't that many years ago that such vile words and attitudes would have immediately been ostracized by all. (They probably would've been tarred & feathered). The pushback here needs to be extreme and relentless rather than ignored. Apparently, they're not going away, and just keep pressing further down this ugly road of blaming the victim. It's past time to show these horrendous people to the door and push them out.

Gloria H (88)
Monday November 5, 2012, 6:57 pm
It all goes back to Eve, doesn't it? If she hadn't been naughty and obeyed the serpent, there wouldn't be a reason for men to be tempted, cave in, and rape females (and other males who can't fight them off). But then God punished Eve and made childbirth painful and sometimes deadly. Had Eve listened to God, childbirth would have been a piece of cake, the planet would be populated by zillions of offspring , numerous like crickets or fleas. Or maybe sex wouldn't have been invented, Adam and Eve would be sexually clueless, and that would be the end of the species.
Good thing God invented miracle spontaneous abortion that prevents rape victims from getting pregnant. Or so speaketh some of the politicians.

Julie W (32)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 1:57 am
If a Muslim had said this there would be an uproar! But a white Christian male? It's OK it seems.

Melania P (122)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 10:50 am
I am so sick of these stories!! So unfair!
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