Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Brazil Jail Allegedly Left Girl In Cell To Be Gang Raped

From the CNN story on this case:

The Brazilian government is investigating the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly was raped and tortured after being put in a prison cell with 20 male inmates, officials said.

The girl -- who said she was forced to have sex for food and suffered burns and other abuse -- has denounced police in the small town of Abaetetuba for keeping her in the cell.

Those in the criminal justice system who put this girl in the jail cell are as culpable as those who directly committed crimes against this girl. Too often those who consider themselves good people will stop upholding the law when they lose sympathy for the victim. What this does consistently is turn some people into acceptable targets.

All those who say, "she was asking for it by ...." or "rape doesn't matter because she's a criminal" are revealing that they are the allies of rapists and abusers. Often this allegiance comes from people's need to live with the illusion that there are few truly "innocent" victims.

What prisoners and criminals need from those who work to uphold the law is a model for how to treat others. Even those who they deem to be worthless.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:13 AM   2 comments links to this post


At November 27, 2007 10:02 AM, Anonymous Rhea said...

Thank you for posting these stories. Horrible as they are, we need to know about them. We must end rape.

At November 27, 2007 2:46 PM, Blogger firestarter said...

You're right, noone should say that who you are affects your right to control over your body. If rape is acceptable against certain groups of people, then why not all? It doesn't matter who you are or what rimes you have commited, you don't deserve to be raped. XxX


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