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Oct. 29th, 2009 | 02:50 pm
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When I heard this story, I was sick to my stomach. I literally couldn't believe what I was hearing...  I thought I originally heard the story on Nancy Grace, but I could not find the story on there.   Maybe I heard it on the news.  It took me several searches to find an article, and even then, it was not the full story.  I found the following in a Blog. 

Last Saturday night after a high school homecoming dance in Richmond, California a 15-year-old girl was brutally gang raped by at least four assailants. As many as 20 people watched or became involved in the attack and not one person did anything to help the young girl or call the police. For two-and-a-half hours she was raped and beaten while onlookers laughed and took photos – some even joining in.

It wasn't until a female student at a local house party overheard people "reminiscing about the incident" that someone finally called the police to report the crime.

The victim was found unconscious under a bench in a secluded area near the school in such critical condition that she needed to be helicoptered to a nearby hospital. 

Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but police expect as many as 20 additional arrests.

"She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other's presence," said Lt. Mark Gagan, a patrol supervisor in the city's Northern Policing District. "What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening, and failed to report it."

The fact that a group of men watched and were entertained – laughing and taking pictures – by a woman being repeatedly raped and beaten at their feet is outrageous. This wasn't a television set or movie screen they were watching (not that that would make it OK either), but a real live human being within their reach who was being brutally attacked.

Why was their instinct to watch and enjoy and not call the police or intervene? Were they afraid their masculinity would be in question if they did? Did they not view the attack as a crime?

Anna North at Jezebel said it best:

"This isn't a case of people turning their heads away and saying 'none of my business. It's a situation in which 15 boys and men (one suspect in custody is 19, the other 15) treating public, brutal assault as a form of entertainment."

And what about the rapists who were so unashamed by their attack that they proceeded even after a crowd formed? Did they assume that no-one would call the police? Did they enjoy having an audience?  

These are questions to think about as we dissect this inhumane and disturbing crime.

Luckily, police have reported that the victim is in stable condition – physically at least – but I can't image the road to recovery she will soon embark on. For this survivor – and all women who have survived rape – I wish you justice.

Watch a video of Lt. Johan Simon, Richmond, CA, Police Department describe what happened the night of homecoming.

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Marcia

From: matopa
Date: Oct. 29th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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This disgusted me to the point I wanted to throw up. I cannot believe that there are men in this world who still believe that it is OK to take a woman against her will... and not only do this, but be ENCOURAGED by other men, who probably would never of even done such a horrible thing. I am just ... so angry. I really hope that EVERY SINGLE one of those there, the ones who performed the rape and those who stood by and watched, get the HARSHEST punishment ever. Not that it will deter others, but that they will at least be punished a little. The trauma that this poor girl will have to overcome the rest of her life... Wow. No punishment is harsh enough...

Beyond disgusted!

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WEN!

From: landorki
Date: Oct. 29th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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can you tell me why this has barely hit the media???? As disgusting as it is... I want everyone to see it... Especially my 14 year old niece that thinks she is fucking invisible!

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albatrossky

From: albatrossky
Date: Oct. 29th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
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That's revolting. We recently had a case of 3 men who held a 15yo girl for 9 hours and raped her 25 times - and the guys got 3 years in prison each. THREE YEARS. I hope the people in the case you have just detailed get a hell of a lot more than that.

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WEN!

From: landorki
Date: Oct. 30th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
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WHAT???? WHAT???? THEY COULDN'T TAG ON KIDNAPPING CHARGES OR SOMETHING??? 9 HOURS??? SICK! MEANWHILE... MY HUSBAND WAS SENTENCED FOR 5 YEARS WHEN HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND THAT WAS 16 AND HE WAS IN HIS MID 20'S!! A CONSENTING TEEN! NOT FORCED... JUST A RELATIONSHIP... AND HE GOT MORE THEN THAT! THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT!

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From: xxdarkphoenixx
Date: Oct. 30th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
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This. It's disgusting. That poor girl. People are just ubelievable. I hope and pray to God she'll be okay and survive all of this.

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izzygee

From: izzygee
Date: Oct. 30th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
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I heard the story in passing today. I had no idea it was that bad. That is so horrible. I can't believe people would just stand and watch. Everyone involved needs to get jail time. It is just horrible to not say anything. What is wrong with people?

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Lori's look at life

From: minemouse
Date: Oct. 30th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
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That is the most horrible news stories in a long time. I could just cry for that poor girl.

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★ Eunhyuk's BB

From: cutecrazyice
Date: Oct. 30th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
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If only I can break the bones of those evil men. UGH. This makes me so angry. Poor girl. I can't even begin to imagine how this would affect her. It's so sick. :|

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Bree

From: bree_bee22
Date: Nov. 1st, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
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I heard about this on the news and it also made me sick to my stomach. I cannot fathom how someone could violently force another person into having sex with them, let alone up to 15 of these people doing it, WITH others watching, while NOT ONE of the "spectators" reported or tried in any way to stop this. It's disgusting, and disgusting isn't even a strong enough word to describe it. It literally makes me dizzy that something so heinous and inhumane could happen.

I am so bothered by all of this; I don't even know where to begin. I can't decide if I loathe the rapists or the people who watched more, or if I am disgusted with them all equally.

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