Thursday, July 23, 2009

8 yr Old Girl Gang Raped and Disowned by her family

Being raped is a horrible experience for anyone. An 8 year old girl in Phoenix was raped by four other children, ages 9, 10, 12, and 14. All the children involved, including the victim are from Liberia, Africa.

Not only did this poor little girl suffer rape from these boys who lured her into a storage shed with promises of bubble gum, but she suffered further heartbreak when her family disowned her for shaming them with her actions of being raped by the boys. It was a neighbor in the apartment complex that called the police to report the crime when she saw the little girl crying and running from the storage shed wearing only her panties.

The boys said they were justified in raping the child because she had taunted them and was calling them names.

I do not even pretend to understand the customs of other countries, but this is shocking to me not only because all involved, except for the girl's parents, are minor's. I know there are countries where children carry guns and shoot each other. I know there are countries where children are sent out of their homes and forced to fend for themselves because their families cannot afford to feed them. I realize that this is not a completely friendly and perfect world. However, Liberia was based on the US system of justice. Freed slaves settled in Liberia so they would have real and total freedom. The country is about 40% Christian based with some indigenous traditional ideas and practices.

The fact remains that even though this girl's family is from Liberia they have chosen to move to the U.S. It is not a common practice for US citizens to throw out their children because they have been victims of sexual crimes. It is common for most of us to support and love our children and help them through these difficult times.

If you choose to leave your country and live here you should be willing to support the ideals of this country. You cannot throw out your child like a piece of garbage and bury your head in the sand. You should not condone your child to commit heinous crimes and support them when they are luring, beating, and molesting another innocent child.

If you can't do this, go back to your own country and live.


Vidooshak said...

I don't know if 'going back to their country' is the solution. It is hard to say that their nationality had something to do with WHY this happened. Hopefully, the para-legal system in US can step up to counsel these people who have not grown up learning the 'evolved' ways of a developed nation. In everyone's interest, they must reunite the family and not treat the rapist kids as hardened criminals.

Pasty said...

Thank you for your comment, Vidooshak. In Liberia rape was legal until 2006. The family is tending toward old trends and traditions from their country.

I don't mean for them literally to go back to their country, but if you are in another country you must embrace the customs and laws of that country. If you cannot then you should not seek refuge in that country but choose one that correlates more to your own where you will be more comfortable and perhaps better understood.

The boys do need counseling. The 14 year old, however, is being tried as an adult. I believe that perhaps they do not understand what they have done. Hopefully they will understand now and have a more successful integration in society. If they cannot then they will be hardened criminals and end up locked up.

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Pasty said...

Thanks! I appreciate the input.