Sunday, December 07, 2008

Judge Ordered Names Of 7 Boys Involved In UK Gang Rape Released

From the Guardian:

A judge ordered yesterday that seven teenagers who gang raped a 14-year-old girl in a brutal "punishment" attack should be identified in a bid to deter other young men from similar crimes.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC warned the defendants, some of whom were as young as 13 at the time of the incident, that they faced jail sentences for the attack in Hackney, east London, as the court heard that the victim been driven to attempt to kill herself. [...]

Merrick asked for the order which usually bans the identification of juvenile defendants to be lifted. "Those young people who become members of gangs, should know the outcome of this trial, that they will not mete out punishments as a gang with impunity and not ultimately retain their anonymity." The judge lifted the order after hearing the crown argue that the community and public should know what had happened. "Naming and shaming is something this procedure is not designed for," Joseph said. "That's different from deterring others."

She left the order in place in relation to two others who were also convicted of rape because they were part of the gang, but did not actually assault the girl.

For me the reason to release these boys names is for public safety so that anyone who doesn't already know that they were convicted can know exactly how dangerous these boys are.

Guilty of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment
O'Neil Denton, 16, leader of the gang; Weiled Ibraham, 17; Yusuf Raymond, 16; Jayden Ryan, 16

Guilty of rape and false imprisonment
Alexander Vanderpuije, 15; Jack Bartle, 16; Cleon Brown, 15

This case shows brutality, but it also shows the courage of another boy who saw the violence that was being done to this girl and who stepped in to a hostile situation and who overcame the boys who tried to stop him from intervening. This boy led this girl away from this gang of violent criminals. Without his brave actions there is no way to know how much more violence would have been inflicted on this girl.

When people say that non-rapist boys and men can help fight rape, this is a prime example. When a boy or man finds himself in a position like this boy found himself in that's where his beliefs and his character will be revealed.

The boys who watched a gang rape without intervening revealed their lack of character that day even if they never touched that girl. The same is true for any boy who witnessed this crime and who left without intervening or contacting the police.

For anyone who has ever said that fear isn't an excuse for victims not fighting or screaming or running, you cannot ethically excuse anyone else of their culpability because of their fear.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:40 AM   1 comments links to this post

1 Comments:

At December 08, 2008 2:59 PM, Anonymous sam said...

I would like to know the name of the boy who helped. Punishing the rapists solves part of the problem, and providing the positive example of that one boy fighting off the others is what more boys need to see and want to model.

sam

 

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