Friday, July 24, 2009

How Can An Eight Year Old Sexual Assault Victim Bring Shame To Her Family?

As the stomach turns, it is hard to ignore the four Phoenix, Arizona, boys ages 9 to 14 charged with sexual assault on an 8 year-old girl. But even more sickening is the reaction of the girls parents. The eight year-old girl was apparently lured into a storage shed at an apartment complex by the promise of chewing gum. Once inside the shed, the boys allegedly restrained her and sexually assaulted her.

"This is a deeply disturbing..." said Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas.
The 14-year-old was charged as an adult and will face two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. The other three boys were charged in juvenile court with sexual assault. Two of them also face charges of kidnapping. The victim and the boys are all from refugee families that have come to the United States from Liberia. The eight year old girl was placed in the custody of child protective services because of her parents' "attitude." According to Sgt. Andy Hill, "The parents felt that they had been shamed or embarrassed by their child."
Police: Assault of 8-year-old girl

The victims 23 year-old sister told CNN affiliate KTVK that she wanted the suspects to be released from jail because "we are the same people." Cultural aspects may be at play, but blaming the victim is hard to understand. How can any one or any culture think that an 8 year old victim could bring shame to a family name?


Anonymous said...

Just plain sick.

S.M. said...

This poor little girl deserves so much more. How can a culture be so uncivilized?

Anonymous said...

Because their culture is "F" up? Hence the reason they left their failed county. But they fail to grasp the fact that there are aspects of their culture that are "F" up.

Its not culture its dressed apes. Not all cultures are equal, in spite of what lies you have been told.

Anonymous said...

I can see why this girl needs to be put in a foster home.

Anonymous said...

Messed up culture or not, they are as thick as thieves when it comes to them v. the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

Culture gone nuts.