The father of one of the boys said his son is being accused of luring the girl into the woods. "He's only 45 inches, 40 pounds in the third grade," the boy's father said. "This girl's in the fifth grade, she's 11 years old, 2 foot taller than him. How can my boy with a broken wrist be accused of any kidnapping charge?"
The boy's father said he believes she made up the story to cover up her promiscuity. "She's trying to cover her own butt by getting everyone else in more serious trouble," the boy's father said. "I guess we're just going to have to see how this is going to unfold."
This father's statements are an admission that the alleged actions happened as described with only one detail being disputed. Consent. After all there can be no promiscuity without the alleged sexual contact. If his son wasn't involved as alleged there would be no need for this father to contrast the size and age of his son to the stats for this girl.
The motives this father is assigning to this girl are the same motives his son would have to lie about what happened, only to a greater degree because of the seriousness of the charges. These motives are the same ones a father would use to justify launching a personal attack against an 11-year-old crime victim. Butt covering.
Yet so many people who claim to be impartial observers talk about rape cases as if only girls lie for selfish reasons. Some people call this sexism, I call it stupidity or butt covering for all those accused of rape.
The relative size between alleged perp and victim is meaningless since it was 3 boys not 1 so the stats about this man's son are nothing more than a distraction.
The motivation for the girl's alleged lie is based on an unfounded claim that she felt the need to lie for her own protection. This is a stock claim used without any specific supporting evidence other than the alleged victim's gender. In contrast the boys motivations for lying are founded in the seriousness of these charges.
If she were desperate to protect her reputation she wouldn't have disclosed to friends at a slumber party as has been reported. Of course, this father would likely use a more loaded term than disclose. He would likely say, "She bragged to friends." This is an attempt to slip an editorial into a so-called factual statement.
If this father is against young children being promiscuous then he should be alarmed at his son's behavior whether it was consensual or not and whether it was criminal or not. Instead his focus is only on how he can attack an 11-year-old girl and label her with generic images used against victims of non-stranger rape.
This father may hold a common but disjointed view that it is wrong for girls to be sexually active, but it is right for boys to try to convince girls to be sexually active. This is a set up that implicitly encourages boys to practice coercion and shows of force (3 against 1) and that sees a girl's fearful compliance or paralysis as consent.