...WTF.

Mar. 18th, 2011 09:35 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] 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.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

Date: 2011-03-19 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-lithi.livejournal.com
Fuckers. Time to polish off the nukes.

Date: 2011-03-19 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ironbite.livejournal.com
Know what's sad? It's the lawyers who are postulating it's not these scumbags fault. I'm with Henry VIII...hang the lawyers.

Date: 2011-03-22 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wrongly-amused.livejournal.com
I emailed them, but on a side note, I realize you copy-pasted this the first time, so I have to say -

I found the original post's "no cut/deal with it" line kind of obnoxious. I know of at least two people on my list who are sexual abuse/rape victims, so making them "deal" with a heavily bolded post on rape, especially of such a young girl, seems kind of...I dunno, thoughtless? Especially given the aim of the meme in general.

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