This case near Atlanta caught my eye because of the ages of the boys involved.
ACWORTH, Ga. -- Three boys ages 8 and 9 were being held today in a detention center on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban apartment complex, officials said.
From the report only one of the boys committed rape, but all three were involved in this attack and that means all three are culpable for what happened to this girl.
This behavior shows that parents need to talk to their children about violence, respect and boundaries long before the age where parents think they need to talk about sex. For boys especially they need to talk about what to do if a friend of theirs gets violent or wants them to participate in violence. Maybe if the other 2 boys had been told how to respond, they might have taken action which would have prevented this rape.
Parents need to do more than talk, they need to demonstrate ethical treatment of those who are liked and those who are disliked.