MILWAUKEE (AP) -- It began with a crush, police said, and turned into one of the most shocking crimes in Milwaukee's long, violent summer: An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by as many as 20 boys while a 16-year-old girl she was romantically interested in watched and coached her.I've never believed people who say men and boys rape or sexually exploit females because of their biology and I find it interesting that the 16-year-old girl involved in this case, "looked and dressed like a boy," according to authorities in court records.
I suspect that this 16-year-old girl has been subjected to sexual abuse in the past and I wonder if her way of coping was, "if you can't beat them, join them." That doesn't excuse this girl from responsibility for her actions anymore than a boy's or man's history excuses him from responsibility.
The 11-year-old told police she then went to the basement, where there were about 15 males and "began to choose who she wanted to perform oral sex on," the records said. The teenage girl told police that the 11-year-old had told her she wanted to perform oral sex on the boys in the house, according to court records. The 16-year-old denied encouraging her.I wonder if this situation is the worst side of what a girl believes she must do to be seen as mature. If the girl performed sex acts in order to be accepted, it speaks volumes about the need to teach children about boundaries and the need to teach them to protect younger children even if those younger children don't know how to protect themselves.
This also highlights the need to teach children about legal consent and that sexual assault doesn't always involve physical force.
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