Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Father Of Boy Accused Of Gang Rape Speaks

From WGCL:

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.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:08 AM   6 comments links to this post


At November 21, 2007 2:36 PM, Blogger Veronica said...

Thanks for the update...and great analysis of his comments.

At November 21, 2007 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"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."

It may be even simpler: he may be saying whatever he can scrape up in defense of his son -- whether or not he would ever consider the same argument the least bit credible if his family weren't involved, let alone if he'd been the girl's father instead.

At November 22, 2007 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News coverage sickening as well. "Boys dwarfed by courtroom chairs"? Awww - poor widdle defendants. And that awful towering almost-adult 11 year old girl put them through this?

But then "progressive" circles have been ignoring media sexism and womens rights for decades. The increasing acceptance of rape as a victimless crime is just one outcome of this.

At November 23, 2007 11:42 PM, Anonymous m Andrea said...

Every time I hear that crap, I simply say: ALL rapists lie about rape.

Boyz hate that sentence! It seems as if for years it didn't occur to me to shovel their crap right back at 'em.

Incidently, I keep wondering about why so many boyz are so incredibly quick to accuse any rape victim of lying. Is it really just ignorance, or is it guilt for what they themselves have done in the past?

Also, I'm incredibly thankful for all the wonderful feminist bloggers who fight so tirelessly on everyone's behalf. The work you do really does make a great difference.

Thank you, Marcella!

At November 28, 2007 10:35 PM, Blogger Judge Rufus Peckham said...

Neither gender has a monopoly on truthfulness in rape allegations, or any other situation. These cases should not be tried in the mainstream media or in the blogosphere. And a rush to judgment is inappropriate under any circumstrances.

At November 28, 2007 11:00 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

judge rufus peckham, the problem with your point is that taking a rape case seriously is mislabeled as a rush to judgment when it is no such thing.


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