Something is seriously wrong in Cleveland, Texas.
A small city of about 9,000, 18 people have been charged with gang raping an 11 year old middle school student. They were so proud they took pictures and videos of the rape and sent them to their friends. Seems they consider this great sport fun in some social circles in Cleveland Texas. Most people in the civilized world would think that the community would rally support for the young girl and ostracize the rapist. Not so in Cleveland. The girl 11 year old girl and the family is drawing criticism for the girl looking too adult, and the rapist portrayed as victims. The girl has been seperated from her family and the familly has been chased out of town.
Some Cleveland residents, like Kisha Williams, are critical of the 11-year-old’s parents.
“Where were they when this girl was seen wandering at all hours with no supervision and pretending to be much older?” she asked.
Several churches have organized special prayer events for the town.
Carter Williams, 64, seated at a small card table playing dominoes inside a local grocery, does not think laying blame is the right response to the sex assault.
“This is a praying time for the young men and the young girl,” Williams said. “Seems like everyone in this whole town needs some God in their life.”
The New York Times sympathies appear to side with the Gang rapist.
Five suspects are students at Cleveland High School, including two members of the basketball team. Another is the 21-year-old son of a school board member. A few of the others have criminal records, from selling drugs to robbery and, in one case, manslaughter. The suspects range in age from middle schoolers to a 27-year-old.
The case has rocked this East Texas community to its core and left many residents in the working-class neighborhood where the attack took place with unanswered questions. Among them is, if the allegations are proved, how could their young men have been drawn into such an act?
“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.”
Doesn’t seem to be much support for the victim’s families. There is more sympathy for themselves and the rapists than for the child No 11 year old deserves this, The rapist deserve nothing but scorn, and it doesn’t sound like they are getting much of that in Cleveland. Blame the parents, blame the child, and find support for the child gang rapists. Hard to tell whether this is just lousy reporting or insite into of the folks at Cleveland’s Quarters.
Seems like the press, and local blogs are pretty quiet about this, Maybe they just don’t want to offend anyone.
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One of our regular writers at “A Hollywood Republican”, an actress named Shannon Ivey, just wrote an article about this horrid and disgusting situation in Texas. If you want to read her opinion, you can find it at: http://www.hollywoodrepublican.net/2011/03/the-rape-of-the-unnamed-girl-2/
We have just published a follow up article to this story in which we explore the effects that this has had on the family.
You can find it on our home page: http://www.hollywoodrepublican.net
The gender inequities of this case is so enormous. A little girl gets raped, people ask “What is she doing that late at night?” “Where’s her mother?” etc. They are getting passes because they’re members of the basketball team, related to a member of the school board, etc.
But they should be labelled forever for what they did: Heterosexual Pedophile Rapists.
Can you imagine the outrage in this community if this was a little boy they raped?
Who doesn’t like a gang rape of an 11 year old? Actually, I heard that it was Liberty, Texas. Where are the parents? Why was she dressed like a slut?
Have I pissed you off, enough? It doesn’t matter what she was dressed like, and it doesn’t matter who she hung out with. She was brutally raped. It is not OK if she was 32. It is not OK if she was a he. It does not matter if she was a tease. Many males, including boys and men, decided it was ok to rape an 11 year old girl. They should burn in hell.
Let us never blame the parents. We do not know what they went through. Nor do we know what they are going through, now. Let’s put the monsters away forever. Period. Let us say that we care about the safety of women in general… and if it is the safety of children, then we should be extra careful to lock them up forever. I mean forever.
These young men are obviously not rapist, pedophiles or sex offenders. There are cases of an 11 year old killing their parents. O the poor child that just killed their parents, poor little thing. Have you seen a picture of the young girl? Maybe she looks like shes 21 years old. One of the greatest con artist in history that made over 2.5 million dollars passing bad checks in 26 countries and fly over 1,000,000 miles around the world started when he was 16 years old. In cities in the U.S.A. there are tough 12 year old prostitutes that do it for the money. Apparently the girl wanted it and enjoyed it and dressed like a prostitute. Maybe she conned the men into making them think she was 19. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened. And to top it off this happened over a 2 to 3 month period, interesting. This story just doesn’t add up & I’m sick and tired of everyone thinking every 11 year old is a perfect little angel. Also some girls are flat chested regardless of age.
I find it hard to believe that anyone is able to defend these guys. first of all it is rape. It is against the the law for adults to have sex with children. According to the law 11 year olds are innocent, and have no ability to consent. Although we don’t know what she looked like or how she dressed, It doesn’t mater. The law and our society doesn’t care. Even so the defending lawyer has publically stated that they knew how old the little girl was.
The girl was well known, They knew she was a middle school student. She was an A student, a few of the rapist had criminal records.
Yeah, I’m sick and tired of people who think it’s ok to rape children because of how they dress. Some people think that young men who live in the the quarters in Cleveland TX, is guiltless because they live in a repressed community.
i cant even believe that ur thought on this is that she isnt innocent… it dont matter how a girl dresses they dot deserve that and people are right it wouldnt been said about a dress code had this been a boy or an older woman… and if the men ranged up to a 27 yr old then they are definetly wrong for that becasue he should have been the adult and walked away and that makes him a pedaphile a rapist a sex offender and more.. these men should be locked up for life and never allowed to be seen again.. and as for the parents being chased out of town that is wrong… imagine what they are going though knowing that their 11 yr old was raped… this whole story sickens me and if it had happened for a few months maybe they threatened the little girl and she didnt have a choice but either way the older men should have known better and i hope they rot in prison better yet they deserve the death penalty for this…
The elephant in the room here is race. Cleaveland is a largely black community. All of the accused are black, including a couple of popular high scholl basketball players. The victim is not black. The community is supporting these men and trashing the victim based on race. You’ll notice that there is a news black-out on this aspect of the story. Political correctness comes into play even in cases of violent crime these days.
OMG….SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS.FIRST OFF,I’LL HAVE TO SAY,MY 11 YR OLD DAUGHTER WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO DRESS SLUTTY. BUT IF SHE DID SOMEHOW SLIP OUT AND DO IT, WOULD THAT MAKE IT OK FOR GROWN MEN TO RAPE HER…I THINK NOT. SHE IS AN 11 YR OLD CHILD, AND NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT SHE IS A CHILD, AND ALL THESE GUYS KNEW IT. AND ROBERT ?…Apparently the girl wanted it and enjoyed it and dressed like a prostitute….DO YOU KNOW THIS CHILD, OR ARE YOU TRYING TO JUSTIFY THIS SO WHEN AN 11 YR OLD SLUTTY LOOKING CHILD SPREADS HER LEGS FOR YOU THAT IT WOULD MAKE EVERYTHING OK ?? WELL, IT’S NOT OK, AND ANYONE WHO THINKS IT IS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP WITH ALL THESE RAPISTS. BECAUSE EVERY ONE OF THOSE MEN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG…AND THEY WERE ALL “VERY” WRONG, AND SO IS SAYING THAT A CHILD “”ASKED FOR IT””!!!!!!!
Agreed Labchick, let’s see if Robert feels the same when he has an 11 year-old daughter. It is a matter of right and wrong. The entire story, no matter how you spin it, is wrong wrong wrong!
LMVD – please do not put into the universe that Robert should have a daughter! His post clearly indicates a pedophile – he would likely rape his own daughter with glee rather than reflect on this story with remorse.
Please be careful posting personal attacks. I understand the outrage, but there i no room for personal attacks.
I cannot believe anyone would blame an 11 year old girl for the evil and premediated acts of others. It does not matter how she dressed or where she was. It is against the law to have sex with a child under the age of 17, and these men also sodomized this child and who knows what else she endured at the hands of her violators. These men should be prosecuted and if convicted, punished to the fullest extent of the law and it should not matter who they are related to or who they know. I have lived in the Cleveland area since 1977 and I cannot believe that anyone could condone or defend this type of criminal conduct from anyone. Is society becoming so blind to these hideous acts of violence that turning our heads or saying that it is all right to have sex with an 11 year old is becoming normal behavior and an acceptance practice of society. And for the racial aspect of this case—-it saddens me that this has become a matter of who’s white or who’s black or who’s hispanic. It doesn’t matter if the men who committed these act of violence are white, black, brown, purple or polka-dotted–they are sexual perverts and rapists who should be behind prison bars.
Cleveland, Texas and America, wake up—condemn and punish those who commit crimes against humanity–not a child!
To think that an 11 year old child has the presence of mind to sensibly consent to having any kind of sexual contact blows my mind. I think race is important only as a reason why this story isn’t being covered by the media with both barrels. I must assume that the victim was white? If 19 whites raped an 11 year old black girl the story would get 24 hour coverage on all news outlets. What kind of a real man could enjoy sleeping with an 11 year old. I repect the defendants right to a trial. But any bone head that defends these pukes should be be on trial with em.
This is not right. Being ganged raped . I don’t care if your on the basketball team or your parents are on the board. She is 11 years old each and everyone of those boys should be locked up and go to trial and be convicted and that poor girl think what she has to go through for the rest of her life the constant reminder of the nightmare
My daughter is 9 going on 10. It is because of the vile men in this world that my daugher rarely leaves my sight. She knows that she is not supposed to talk to strangers. I will ask where the parents were but i will not ask why a child is out so late. it’s summer. Parents always think their neighborhood is safe until something aweful like this happen. I feel so bad for the 11 year old child because now if she wants to have kids when she’s an adult she might not be able to. THIS IS NOT HER FAULT THAT IT HAPPENED. She might have felt sae until it happened. She might have thought she could trust them. It seems to me like it’s a small community. The probably knew eachother.
I live in the area and saw this on the local news. The black activist Quanell X was shown on a news report defending them. It was sickening. I believe the little girl was Hispanic.
There has to be some vital piece of information that we aren’t seeing to explain peoples reactions. At least I hope so…
Ummm, this girl actually was the one who recorded the videos. And she posted online that she needed to have sex with 25 guys as a gang initiation. Yes, she IS young and the guys should know better, but then again, they didn’t know her real age. I mean, what guy would turn down free sex??! Well, what DIRTY guy wouldn’t turn down free sex… Exsecially when they’re getting seconds from 24 other guys, but still… Yeah, the guys aren’t exactly in the right for their actions, but they shouldn’t (all) be sentenced to life for something the girl was putting herself out willingly to do. I don’t know any of these guys personally, but it should NOT be said that they were “so proud” to record the videos. The girl posted the videos online, they got around the school, and eventually got around to the principal.
How is it no one has heard about this aspect of the story but you? Can you confirm how you “know” this??
But yes, Ben, you are absolutely correct. You’re welcome for providing the vital pieces of information.
Unfortunately this is a racial matter. Its a growing problem that exists more in the black populations than other races here in America. Among many black males its a norm to hit women, gang rape and murder them..This happens in other racial populations as well, but again its much more of a problem in the black population. Its a generational thing too. Black leaders need to start campaigns to promote nonviolence against women. Just like there are campiangs such as MADD here in Jacksonville Fl to stop black on black murder. Alot of this is promoted too by the porn on the internet where women let themselves be gang raped by black men. Black males in this country need to come together for the good of mankind, not for gangbangs..nuff said.
I JUST WANT TO SAY…I LIVE IN CLEVELAND TX..AND I KNOW SOME OF THE BOYS AND I DIDN T THINK THAT THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT…BUT I JUST READ THAT THEY TOOK PICTURES AND SHOW THEIR FRIENDS…VERY CHILDISH..OH THEY ARE KIDS…I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE MOM AND DAD WERE AT WHEN THIS HAPPEN…I PUT BLAME ON BOTH SIDES…THE BOYS SHOULD OF KNOWN BETTER…BUT MAYBE IT WAS PEER PRESSURE….AND THE MOM AND DAD SHOULD BE BLAMED TOO BECAUSE U CAN NOT LEAVE A CHILD ALONE AT HOME AT AGE 11…
Just imagine for one minute these rapists were white guys. OK, enough of that. In my opinion it is the hispanic young men who dropped the ball on this one. I think a nationwide call for justice should have been held and thousands of young hispanic men transported to Cleveland with Shotguns. That happened in a town recently with blacks, and the crime of the whites was they got beat up and the poor blacks weren’t treated fairly. Yet they mobbed the town, led i believe by al slikton and his poverty pimps.
i cant understand why anyone is blaming an 11yr old girl and whether or not she asked for it that shouldnt matter one way or another the men should have known better then to have sex with a child anyways… she is 11 she should have no idea what sex is even about really… and i cant even begin to understand how anyone can defend these sick men who did this… and did the parents to these men that did this not teach their kids right from wrong or what… everyone says where are the parents to the little girl well where are the parents to the middle aged boys that did this… i mean it goes both ways people get a hold of ur selfs SHE IS A CHILD NOT AN ADULT THEY SHOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY
Do any of you who are so sure of your opinions–OPINIONS ARE NOT FACTS–know ANY of the facts of this case??? What ARE the facts??? What DID actually happen?? Does anyone care what really happened and why??? Does anyone think that what has happened is going anywhere???
One of the facts we can be sure about is that a lot of people are going to prison over this. I think most would agree that Cleveland Texas is a pretty screwed up place to allow this to happen and to give so much support for the people that would do this kind of crime.