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11 March 2011 @ 10:16 pm
...WTF.  
Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“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.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

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Trust me. I'm the Doctor.: LOTS ϟ HBICSakisswithafist on March 12th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
I would really like to know what the hell they're smoking over there. She was asking for it?
svgurl: lois annoyedsvgurl on March 16th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Right? I am so sick of this "blame the victim" attitude that people have when it comes to rape. It makes me want to cut someone. >:(
Kelly Min a.k.a “Miss Min”moonshinefaerie on March 12th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
Ugh, my god.
Off-hand, I LOVE your new header. o_o;; So very gorgerous.
svgurl: erica promo necklacesvgurl on March 16th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, basically. :(

Off-hand, I LOVE your new header. o_o;; So very gorgerous.
Thanks! It was made by lere8. I just fell in love with it when I saw it. :D
phoenixnzphoenixnz on March 12th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
Hon, I think your icon says it all.
I just shake my head in disbelief at the utter crap - and yeah, whoever reported that at the NY Times should be shot - that is totally biased reporting. I'm ashamed of my profession (former)
svgurl: lois 'luthor'svgurl on March 16th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Hon, I think your icon says it all.
I thought it was appropriate.

I just shake my head in disbelief at the utter crap - and yeah, whoever reported that at the NY Times should be shot - that is totally biased reporting. I'm ashamed of my profession (former)
Exactly. I don't know how that person got to be a journalist, tbh. At the very least, they don't know how to be a decent human being if they think that nonsense is worth publishing. >:(
whiteroses77whiteroses77 on March 12th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
that is distusting, so if she dressed older does that mean a woman in her twenties is fair game to rapists. and those poor boys were forced to do it?

what is the world coming to?
Jackie, JOXS, JIM, j-mac, Wonderbread...pick one.: he's angry!jmcgriff3 on March 12th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
what is the world coming to?

a definite end.
whiteroses77whiteroses77 on March 14th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i agree with you.
svgurl: clark angrysvgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I have no idea what they're saying but it's wrong either way. I feel like a woman should be able to walk down the street in a bikini and not worry about people touching her without her permission but sadly, that's not the world we live in.

what is the world coming to?
Not a good place. Humanity is disappointing me lately.
Seshetasesheta_66 on March 12th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
So let me get this straight ... it was HER fault and HER MOTHER's fault, and those poor boys will now have to suffer. Not to mention the town, which has been shaken.

What the everloving FUCK?!
svgurl: lois annoyedsvgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, you basically summed it up. It's awful. She's 11 years old and those "poor boys" are 18.

This world is one fucked up place.
Seshetasesheta_66 on March 16th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
The age range of the boys/men is shocking - from middle-school to 27! The real story (besides the obvious one of the victimisation of an 11-year-old child) is the almost systemic - and generations-deep rape culture in that town. Which the quotes are a sad example of. D:
svgurl: clark in glassessvgurl on March 17th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, really? I didn't realize that the age range was so wide or it got so high.

The real story (besides the obvious one of the victimisation of an 11-year-old child) is the almost systemic - and generations-deep rape culture in that town. Which the quotes are a sad example of. D:
Very true. There is no excuse for women defending men who rape little girls ... there must be a bigger issue at hand if that can happen.
cuyler_morgan: He heals the brokenheartedcuyler_morgan on March 12th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Wow...will victim blaiming never end? This is why so many people suffer in silence. It makes me think of the Korean actress who was made to entertain 30 different men 100 times by her company. And when she finally came foreward about it, she was blamed by the public. And the friends who tried to help her were arrested for reasons unspecified. She commited suicide...

Like seriously, people need to wake up and stop putting people down for things they don't understand. It's sick!
svgurl: lois 'luthor'svgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Wow...will victim blaiming never end? This is why so many people suffer in silence.
Very true. I hate the victim blaming that people do when it comes to rape. it's digusting and unacceptable. Even the police and people in charge don't treat rape victims with the respect and care they deserve. This kind of attitude is, like you said, why people don't come forward.

I've never heard of that actress but that is very heartbreaking. Ugh, humanity just sucks.

Like seriously, people need to wake up and stop putting people down for things they don't understand. It's sick!
Word.
Jackie, JOXS, JIM, j-mac, Wonderbread...pick one.: he's angry!jmcgriff3 on March 12th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I absolutely LOATHE thinking like that. She dressed like this, so she had it coming...

MY GOD. NO ONE DESERVES THIS! I wouldn't even wish this on the worst of my enemies...

NY Times should be sick to their stomachs with themselves.
svgurl: lois annoyedsvgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
I hate the attitude people have when it comes to rape. The whole blaming the victim bullshit has to stop. I don't give a fuck what she was wearing. Women should be able to walk down the street in a bikini and not worry about being assaulted/raped but sadly, that's not the world we live in.

MY GOD. NO ONE DESERVES THIS! I wouldn't even wish this on the worst of my enemies...
Exactly. When other women comment and put down the girl, it makes me even angrier.

NY Times should be sick to their stomachs with themselves.
They should but even their so called "apology" wasn't much. Fail.
haights: [Stock] Haight Streethaights on March 13th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. :( Bless her heart. <333

That kind of idea, that women deserve by how they dress, pisses me off SO MUCH. That is such BULL. There is nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, correct about that statement. No way of dresses, period, is a confirmation for anyone to put their hands on anyone else in a sexual manner. That is just sick. People who actually believe this crap are demented.
svgurl: lois annoyedsvgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
It's so sad. She was only 11. That poor girl is going to need a lot of therapy and help to have a semi decent future. :(

No way of dresses, period, is a confirmation for anyone to put their hands on anyone else in a sexual manner. That is just sick. People who actually believe this crap are demented.
Word. I'm so sick and tired of people blaming the victim, especially when it comes to rape. I don't give a fuck what she was wearing. Women shouldn't even be touched without their explicit permission and everyone needs to get that through their small, narrow minds. >:(
Seshetasesheta_66 on March 14th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
And now they've locked it so you have to log in to read it. D:

(I wanted to send the link to a friend, but it isn't working now).
svgurl: oliver 'odyssey'svgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Ugh, figures. I'm not surprised. :\
Seshetasesheta_66 on March 14th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
And here's the Times' response:

The Times responded Wednesday evening to The Cutline: "Neighbors' comments about the girl, which we reported in the story, seemed to reflect concern about what they saw as a lack of supervision that may have left her at risk," said Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the paper. "As for residents' references to the accused having to 'live with this for the rest of their lives,' those are views we found in our reporting. They are not our reporter's reactions, but the reactions of disbelief by townspeople over the news of a mass assault on a defenseless 11-year-old."

Rhodes Ha also stressed that the paper stands by the controversial piece.

"We are very aware of and sensitive to the concerns that arise in reporting about sexual assault," Rhoades Ha said. "This story is still developing and there is much to be learned about how something so horrific could have occurred."

Source article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110310/ts_yblog_thecutline/ny-times-responds-to-backlash-against-portrayal-of-11-year-old-rape-victim
svgurl: clark in glassessvgurl on March 16th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Wow, way to fail NY Times. They just don't want to admit they were wrong and the editor's so called 'explanation' was really sad and out there. :(

Thanks for sharing though!
acoustics1220: Perseus Jackson | Logan Lermanacoustics1220 on March 20th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Was there any new news on this? It's pretty scary how people allow themselves to think. It's plain ignorance. It proves how so many people can't take change or how they just don't want to really SEE what's going on out there.

:( People can be so dumb.
svgurl: lois 'luthor'svgurl on March 27th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Was there any new news on this?
Other than over the internet, I didn't see anything.

It's pretty scary how people allow themselves to think. It's plain ignorance. It proves how so many people can't take change or how they just don't want to really SEE what's going on out there.
Seconding everything you said here.

:( People can be so dumb.
They really can. Humanity has been disappointing me lately.