I just heard about a story out of Richmond, CA that really made my blood boil. On Saturday, a 15-year-old girl was beaten and gang raped for 2 hours after she left her school’s homecoming dance. After leaving the Richmond High School homecoming dance around 9:30 P.M. to get a ride home with her father, the girl ended up meeting up with some kids on the school campus who were drinking.
Richomnd Police Lieutenant Mark Gagan told reporters, “The series of events that occurred over the next two and a half hours got more severe and more vicious to where she was ultimately gang raped, beaten and her injuries were so severe that she had to be sent to the hospital in a helicopter.” The victim is still in the hospital, currently in stable condition.
There’s been some controversy over whether or not the school is safe. After being asked by reporters if he thought the school was safe, one male student said, “No it’s not. Not at night time.” Charles Ramsey, a Richmond school board member disagreed, saying, “It is a safe school, 95 percent of the students here perform well, do what they’re expected to do, but do we have a part of the campus element here that is out of control? Yes. We do understand and are not putting our head in the sand around the fact that Richmond has a lot of issues and problems in terms of safety.”
The school district spokesman, Marin Trujillo said, “There’s just so much control that one can do after that, once they leave the sidewalk we can’t follow them home,” regarding the safety of the homecoming dance.
Since the attack, 2 arrests have been made: a 15-year-old student, as well as a 19-year-old former student, Manuel Ortega, who was caught as he tried to flee the scene of the crime.
Gagan said that police arrived as the 2+ hour-long rape was still taking place, and that “we’re looking at four to seven active participants of sexual assault and extremely violent felonies. We’re also suspecting there were up to a dozen people who witnessed what had happened and their involvement is unknown.”
The 15-year-old male was arrested after being pulled from class for questioning. Another student was pulled out of class for questioning, but was released.
What I’d like to know is how the heck could 12 people stand by and watch this happen? What kind of sick twisted person wouldn’t call the police! The people who joined in and raped and attacked this girl need to be arrested and locked up for the rest of their lives. I would argue that they should probably be given the death penalty, considering how heinous of a crime this was, but the death penalty isn’t an option in rape cases any more. But they should certainly be locked up for the rest of their lives. A crime this heinous and disgusting deserves a harsh punishment.
And while those who watched may not be charged with any crime (depending on whether or not they cheered it on, they could possibly be charged as conspirators or accomplices in the crime), they need to take a look at themselves and ask, “What the heck is wrong with me?” How could you sit by and let something like this happen to a 15-year-old girl! What’s wrong with you!
It’s stories like these that make me begin to lose hope in humanity. When 4-7 people gang rape a girl, and 12 people sit around and watch, there’s something wrong with what’s going through our children’s heads. I don’t know what, but something needs to be done. Sitting by and watching something like this is unacceptable, and the people who watched this rape are should have to live with a whole lot of guilt for the rest of their lives. I hope they realize how despicable it was for them to just sit by and watch.
And I hope the other attackers are caught and arrested. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this attack – hopefully she recovers soon, but I have no doubt that she will be mentally scarred for years to come.
UPDATE: Somebody from Newsy, a video news website asked me to embed their story covering the gang rape: