An 8-year-old Phoenix girl was raped by four boys, and according to police and the media, the parents are blaming their daughter for the attack. Since I don’t trust the police or the media, I will withhold judgement until more information is provided.
It’s clear from the video that the father is not a native English speaker. I wonder how much (if any) miscommunication came from both language barrier issues and cultural differences. The family moved to the US five years ago from West Africa.
The girl was removed from her home and placed in Child Protective Services because the police didn’t like the way the parents handled the situation.
This story is shocking and a bit difficult to comprehend. The boys range in ages between 9 and 14. It’s hard for me to accept that kids that young would be involved in something like this.
Twitter is already buzzin’ with people making smart-ass condescending remarks about immigrants and their native culture – particularly cultural norms that we don’t understand here in the morally superior United States.
Update: July 24 – 10:20am
“It’s a shame-based culture, so the crime is not as important as protecting the family name and the name of the community,” said Tony Weedor, a Liberian refugee in Littleton, Colo., and co-founder of the CenterPoint International Foundation, which helps Liberians resettle in the United States.
“I just feel so sorry for this little girl,” he said. “Some of these people will not care about the trauma she’s going through — they’re more concerned about the shame she brought on the family.”
In recent years, Liberia has made efforts to combat rape under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has sought to dispel the stigma associated with sexual assault by publicly acknowledging that she was herself the victim of attempted rape during the country’s civil war.
The girl’s healing process will be particularly difficult, said Paul Penzone of Childhelp, which aids young victims of crime. Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services.
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