Here's a short refresher:
The Daisy Coleman attack. HUFFPO:
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.
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.
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.
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?