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#1 Old 08-01-2009, 08:15 AM
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Four boys charged in the rape of an 8-year-old girl

A 14-year-old boy is charged as an adult. The other boys -- ages 9, 10 and 13 -- are charged as juveniles. Authorities say the victim's family has rejected her for bringing shame on them.
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July 24, 2009



Phoenix -- Authorities said Thursday that four boys ages 9 to 14 took turns raping an 8-year-old girl for more than 10 minutes after luring her into a shed with chewing gum, and now her family has rejected her for bringing shame on them.



"The father told the case worker and an officer in her presence that he didn't want her back," Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill said. "He said, 'Take her, I don't want her.' "



The victim is in the care of Child Protective Services, authorities said.



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I hate reading things like that, it makes me so angry.



In some parts of Africa, women often are blamed for being raped for enticing men or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Victims are often shunned by their families.



Poor girl. I hope she gets some proper support to get her through such a terrible experience.
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I hope she ends up with a good family. One that loves her greatly. Reading that just broke my heart.
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This whole debacle is a cultural nightmare. That community has blamed the girl until the public outrage. Now they're saying something different.



There's obviously a compassion/empathy issue with these boys. They obviously need help. And they obviously need punishment. They've devastated this poor girl for the rest of her life. She needs justice.

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This is such a sad story. It broke my heart to hear that an 8 year old had been raped, but to be rejected by her family too? This is just too much for any girl, woman, person to have to go through. And those boys...my nephew is 10 and doesn't yet understand what sex is. They are way too young to be acting so violently.
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obviously she needs to be in another home environment. i think there will be people who will step up, given the publicity of this case. she won't be returning to her family. what can be said, except this is a very backward culture.
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That story is so depressing.



I hope she ends up with a family who love her, and help her to get over (as best as someone can) what happened to her.
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Weird story.

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Weird story.



weird? interesting word use. Why is it weird?

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weird? interesting word use. Why is it weird?



I thought it was, but then I realized that sexual assault does not neccessarily include intercourse.

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This story makes me sick. What in the world would ever possess someone to do something like this?



But honestly, I don't know what is worse: the fact that she was raped, or the fact that her father has rejected her because of it.



I hope the little girl finds a family who loves her.
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I hate reading things like that, it makes me so angry.



In some parts of Africa, women often are blamed for being raped for enticing men or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Victims are often shunned by their families.



When I was in Africa (Ghana) there was a poster at a restaurant type place that said:



"Rape is a myth, women can run faster with their skirts up, then men can run with their pants down."



Basically implying that the woman wanted it.
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When I was in Africa (Ghana) there was a poster at a restaurant type place that said:



"Rape is a myth, women can run faster with their skirts up, then men can run with their pants down."



Basically implying that the woman wanted it.



Sounded more like a joke to me.

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Reading thing like this makes me feel so angry and sad.

I hope the girl finds a loving family.
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Sounded more like a joke to me.



I guess it can be seen as a joke but it's really not when the vast majority of people in these countries claim rape to be the woman's fault. When that is general attitude it is hard to find that kind of thing funny.
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Sounded more like a joke to me.



Maybe to you, but in their culture, when a lot people honestly feel that way, it's not a joke.
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Maybe to you, but in their culture, when a lot people honestly feel that way, it's not a joke.



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I guess it can be seen as a joke but it's really not when the vast majority of people in these countries claim rape to be the woman's fault. When that is general attitude it is hard to find that kind of thing funny.



I know how the attitude can be there, but that phrase just feels like a joke. Think I've heard it before, too.

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An unfunny joke based on real attitudes.

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An unfunny joke based on real attitudes.



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At least, there's a positive angle to the father rejecting her - she now won't have to grow up in an environment of ignorant oppression.

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Sounded more like a joke to me.



The humour in a culture can tell you a lot about it's prejudices and I think that joke certainly does!
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When I was in Africa (Ghana) there was a poster at a restaurant type place that said:

"Rape is a myth, women can run faster with their skirts up, then men can run with their pants down."

Basically implying that the woman wanted it.



That is disgusting isn't it. Also men get raped too not just women.



I complain about living in the UK sometimes but I am glad that I have so many freedoms here as a woman. I cannot imagine living in a culture that blamed the victim for a sexual crime.
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An unfunny joke based on real attitudes.



Couldn't agree more.
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And those boys...my nephew is 10 and doesn't yet understand what sex is. They are way too young to be acting so violently.



Phoenix is an awful place. Crime is so rampant that cops can't keep up, so they let "minor crimes" slip through the cracks. (We were burglarized, and the cops took the report, but immediately closed the case without trying to find the crooks). That's the primary reason we left. We didn't want our son to grow up in that environment.

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i think back to when i was a kid like age. i'm sure i was interested in girls, but to be able to even think like that? that's the surprising thing. how would they even think about gang rape at that age?
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i think back to when i was a kid like age. i'm sure i was interested in girls, but to be able to even think like that? that's the surprising thing. how would they even think about gang rape at that age?

Heres another paper with the story and they mention that:



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"What you're seeing here is the very long legacy and reach of the violence that took over Liberia for 70 years," said Pamela Scully, a professor of women's studies and African studies at Emory University in Atlanta. "When you're dealing with children this young, they're mimicking actions they've seen, they've heard about, they've grown up with."



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534786,00.html



There is also a picture there of the 14 year old boy.

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Heres another paper with the story and they mention that:







http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534786,00.html



There is also a picture there of the 14 year old boy.



wow. That picture is very wrong.

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wow. That picture is very wrong.



I would much rather have seen a picture of her parents there. Anyone who could turn their backs on their own child for being raped deserves to have their faces seen.

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An 8 year old is gang-raped and then subsequently rejected by her family? This story is just too awful, there are no words.
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i feel for everyone involved. i will pray for her family and the boys. how misguided they must be that they could do something so terrible. i will pray for the girl, too, for obvious reasons.



"Misguided" is not the word I would use for a rapist. This wasn't schoolyard teasing, honey, those little *******s don't need praying for. They need skinning.

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