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If You Get Gang Raped, It's Your Fault

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Print2011 was a strange year for so many reasons, but two of them have become headlines once again in 2013. What do they have in common? A number of things, not the least of which is GANG RAPE.

Here's a short refresher:

The Daisy Coleman attack. HUFFPO:

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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A woman who says her family was forced to move from a northwest Missouri town after her 14-year-old daughter was plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted nearly two years ago refuted authorities' claims that she and her daughter stopped cooperating with investigators.

Melinda Coleman said Tuesday that justice was denied when Nodaway County's prosecutor dropped felony charges against two 17-year-old Maryville High School students in March 2012, two months after she found her daughter passed out on the family's front porch in below-freezing temperatures.

About the same time as this vicious 2011 attack, there was another, in Cleveland Texas. It was reported by the NEW YORK TIMES.

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The video led the police to an abandoned trailer, more evidence and, eventually, to a roundup over the last month of 18 young men and teenage boys on charges of participating in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in the abandoned trailer home, the authorities said.

Both of these horrific crimes share a number of similarities which makes one wonder, what is going on in society today? Here's some similarities:

Gang rape, accused teen attackers, victims become harassed, accused attackers include high school sports stars, victims plied with alcohol, AND in both cases, the communities have actually defended the attackers, not the victims.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:

The (Kansas City) Star's story described a town where many appeared to be closing ranks around the accused and suggesting the girls were somehow responsible for the incident. In April, after the family had moved, the family's home in Maryville was damaged in a fire, though a cause has not been determined.

NY TIMES:

They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.

“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record.

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

What?! Sympathy for the perpetrators? I know everyone here is innocent until proven guilty, but don't the victims deserve some benefit of the doubt? Is it fair to blame the girls or their families? To harass them? What's wrong with this picture?

Gang raping an 11 year old and two 14 year olds -- is this some kind of misunderstanding or is this the beginning of an epidemic. How many more attacks won't be reported because of community victimization of the victim. This is an outrage.

Here we are two years after these assaults and still no justice, merely pain and torment. Hey, if the accused were innocent, they should be let free. But if they're guilty, don't the victims deserve better treatment than this?

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Video- Recluse Grampy McCain: Democrats Had Better Not Try to Humiliate Republicans

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Snort, we don't have to do anything, ya'll are doing a fine job. Via Heather.

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VIDEO: "If I didn't know any better, I would think you were exchanging your judicial robes for a GOP seat in Congress."

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judge blames rape on teen MHP show

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Melissa Harris-Perry, in part:

I would like to think a safe assumption that, of all people, a district court judge in Montana is intimately familiar with the laws in Montana. but your statements in court on Monday suggest that maybe you could use a bit of a refresher. So allow me to help you out.

According to Montana law, a victim is incapable of giving consent if the victim is less than 16 years old. Incapable of giving consent. Because, Judge Baugh, a victim less than 16 years old, in this case, a 14-year-old, is a child. A child like 44% of those who are victims of rape.

And the law codifies our collective understanding that children deserve special protections because their youth and immaturity makes them inherently disempowered in a sexual, as you call it, "situation" with an adult. Which means Charisse, this child, was in no way capable of controlling or consenting to the actions of the grown man who had sex with her, and I call her a victim here, not a survivor, because while she survived for the moment, she ultimately succumbed.

So she was no more able to prevent her rape than she was to somehow age herself beyond her 14 years.

So your statement that she was older than her chronological age, along with implicating her as a participant in her own assault, amounts to excusing the crimes of an adult while laying blame on a child that he victimized.

That child, Charisse, isn't even here anymore to speak for herself.

So if she were, she might tell you that it's this kind of shaming, the idea that it is somehow our own fault, that keeps so many survivors, including me, silent after their rape. And makes survivors four times as likely to contemplate the drastic action that Charisse ultimately chose to end their own lives.

Judge Baugh, it's bad enough that thanks to you an admitted child rapist will be a free man by the end of the month, but the day after the sentencing, you defended your decision by saying, quote, "I think that people have in mind that this was some kind of violent, forcible, horrible rape. It was horrible enough as it was, just given her age, but it wasn't this forcible, beat-up rape."

If I didn't know any better, I would think you were exchanging your judicial robes for a Republican seat in Congress, because you're sounding a lot like former Senator Todd "legitimate rape" Akin before his comments got him voted out of office.

So let me remind you a couple of the same things I reminded him of. First, rape is rape. full stop.

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