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.