Onlookers watch gang rape; do nothing
Posted by 1minionsopinion on October 28, 2009
Guess where. If you’re tempted to say it must have happened in some middle Eastern country, you’d be wrong. So so wrong. It happened in California.
Two suspects were arrested and third is being questioned in the gang rape of a California teen outside a high school homecoming dance, police said Tuesday.
The 15-year-old Richmond High School student hospitalized in stable condition after the attack, which happened while as many as 15 people, all males, looked on but didn’t help or call police, investigators said.
The sex assault took place on school grounds Saturday while the dance was under way inside the school, authorities said.
“She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other’s presence,” said Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan.
“What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others,” Gagan said. “People came by, saw what was happening and failed to report it.”
My heart goes out to the victim. I don’t care what she might have done or said to those involved, nobody deserves this kind of act. Nobody.
Assaulted by at least four people, some of which came to her from the crowd to participate in what had to be a sadistic slice of hell for her. What were they thinking? What could they have possibly been thinking?
Police said a “full-court press” was under way, including reviews of Facebook and YouTube, to find other attackers and bystanders who witnessed the rape.
“We’re looking in particular to see if anyone posted any video of the incident,” Gagan said.
Several other individuals were detained but not arrested, Simon said.
The victim was found unconscious under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday after police received a call from someone who overheard people “reminiscing about the incident,” Gagan said.
Police said the girl left the dance and was walking to meet her father for a ride home when a classmate invited her to join a group drinking in the courtyard.
“Right now, we’re looking at toxicology reports to determine her blood-alcohol content and to determine if she was drugged.”
“This just gets worse and worse the more you dig into it,” Gagan told CNN. “It was like a horror movie after looking at the evidence. I can’t believe not one person felt compelled to help her.”