This morning I read about a tragic, heinous crime. Here's what the AP had reported in a story headlined:
AUSTIN, Texas — As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released Thursday.
Authorities have charged two men in the alleged June 29 attacks, which began after the girl ran away from an Austin group home for children and got into a car with three unknown men, according to an arrest affidavit.
Hold on. Only two men were charged? Only two? These other ten men participated, filmed, sexually assaulted, beat this child and only two are charged. This in Texas, United States?
I'm not even going to start to bring up all the laws these depraved criminals must have broken along with the other two men. The only saving grace is that this was a one time event.
Not so fast. Seems this isn't an isolated event.
The story went on to mention another terrible crime against a child, similar in level of inhumane treatment by some pretty sick people -- also in Texas.
In Cleveland, Texas, the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl over three months in 2010 led to charges against 14 adults and three juveniles. The rapes happened at a vacant trailer house about 45 miles northeast of Houston. At least 15 of the defendants charged in that case were convicted. One received a life sentence and another 99 years.
It was easy for me to make the assumption that Texas is a dangerous, worthless hell-hole. But of course, you can't blame everyone for the actions of a few. But you have to admit, something is going on in Texas. If you've paid any attention to the news, you know how Rick Perry had to call together two special sessions of the Texas legislature in order to pass an anti-women's rights abortion bill after he failed during regular session. The state is so hypocritical in fighting for the sanctity of human lives (pro-life) yet openly celebrated not only the 500th criminal put to death by the state, but setting a record in doing so.
What's wrong with these people? They're responsible for electing the officials who are doing this to them. So they have to stop shrugging their shoulders and sloughing off the blame.
I usually don't comment on comments others leave on sites, but I have to give Kudos to Sunshine All Day Long who wrote this comment on the above mentioned article:
Women don't matter in Texas. Children don't matter in Texas. Rape doesn't matter in Texas. Texas recently had a case where a 14 year old girl said she was gang raped by 4 men. The DNA matched one of the men. D.A. Cliff Herberg dropped charges against them because the little girl went missing. They just guessed she must have run away and dropped all the charges. I wonder if she's dead. I wonder if these guys did something to her so she couldn't testify. The courts don't even seem to care. She is a throwaway. Last month Teacher Moises Castellon was given probation for having sex with a 15 year old boy in a middle school parking lot. The courts said it wasn't that big of a deal because the boy was willing and he wasn't Castellon's student. The attitude made it seem like retaliation for gay marriage. The supreme court allowed Texas grand jury methods, but pointed out that they have the potential for serious misuse. What happens in Texas is that the grand juries are all political appointees, so they are almost exclusively republican. The local papers have been pointing out how you can't get date rapes past the grand juries. Poor response to abuse of women and children is a chronic problem.
Sunshine is surely shining some light on issues that the people of Texas better start paying attention to. This is the type of issue that we need to gain perspective from. Let's keep our eyes open. This could happen to our kids. Is this the justice we want to see being dispensed?