Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Onlookers did nothing while teenager was raped  

This is horrifying.

In California, a 15-year-old girl was beaten and gang-raped outside her high school homecoming dance for two hours on Friday night.

According to police, there were as many as a dozen people watching this happen... and instead of calling the police, they laughed, took pictures, and joined in.

Honestly, what kind of sick person do you have to be to watch something like this happen and not do a damn thing about it?

Thankfully, police were finally called after a female student overhead people talking about the rape. Police found the teenage girl semi-conscious near a picnic table, and now the survivor is in the hospital with injuries, though none are life-threatening. Two suspects were taken into custody, but as many as five other men are said to have attacked her.

What an utter nightmare. In combating rape and sexual assault, we tend to forget to educate people not only against sexually assaulting other people and against walking alone at night, but also to educate anyone who might witness a crime like this to call 911 immediately.

This is no excuse for witnessing something like this and doing nothing but laugh and snap photos. I sincerely hope the police not only prosecute the rapist assholes, but also the people who did nothing.

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2 comments: to “ Onlookers did nothing while teenager was raped

  • October 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

    This is so awful! And it's attracted so little media attention (at least that I've seen)

  • January 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

    This is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a young woman. The fact that there were people standing around watching, not doing anything to help as this girl as she screams for help is absolutely wrong. People need to be informed in how to prevent this form happening, and what to do if you're a witness. This shouldn't have happened with other classmates around, this young girl was doing nothing wrong. Incidences like this should be given more attention in the news. Rape and other sexual assaults happen more than most people know, and very few of them are reported.