Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Technology Used By Girl To Seek Help During Rape Attempt

A 12-year-old girl who had her cell phone taken away from her by her mother's ex-boyfriend before he started sexually assaulting her was able to use her iPod's Internet connection to seek help.

This case is an example of how technology can help combat sexual violence. So often when sexual assault and technology are mentioned, only the efforts of predators are mentioned. This needs to change.

Technology can be a useful tool for those being assaulted and it can be useful for bystanders. If technology is exploited fully by all non-offenders that may cause some offenders to have more fear of detection.

H/T: twitter feed of Hollydes


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 3:37 PM   6 comments links to this post


At July 22, 2010 9:10 AM, Anonymous gidget commando said...

I found the comments blaming the mother for leaving her daughter with him unsettling. I don't know enough about the case or the people to know if he gave off big red flags or if, like many sexual predators, he was good at camouflaging his predatory nature. And that's the point--WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION to know if the mother was careless or a secondary victim herself.

As for the girl, I hope she grows up to be a strong, healthy, vibrant woman who rocks the world. I'll bet she will!

At July 22, 2010 9:56 AM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

On reading about this case I immediately suspected the mother would be blamed for supposedly 'allowing her daughter to be subjected to rape by the ex-boyfriend.' Sadly, this proved to be the case because women are always blamed for supposedly causing/allowing males to rape them or their female children.

The 12 year old girl demonstrated courage and initiative in fighting off the male rapist but this too was ignored by many of the rape apologist commentators. Most men who commit rape do not walk around with signs saying 'keep away I am a male rapist.' Rather they are normal, respectable males who are opportunists and always portray themselves as trustworthy.

The mother did nothing wrong - the male rapist is the one we should and must hold accountable. However, he later committed suicide whilst in police custody, so cannot be charged with attempted rape.

At July 22, 2010 11:05 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Gidget C. and JD, Thanks for the heads up about those who are quick to blame the girl's mother without specific evidence that she had any reason to suspect he was a rapist.

Those who position all rapists as easily identifiable prior to rape are promoting a dangerous fallacy.

At July 22, 2010 8:02 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Yeah, the comments are horrifying. I threw in my 2 cents though, that maybe the rapist bears a little more responsibility for the crime than the mother...

At July 22, 2010 9:12 PM, Anonymous Social Worker said...

I left my 2c as well:

To make this PAINFULLY clear:
The mother bears no responsibility for the rapist deciding to rape. The child ('cause I know some of you will go there) bears no responsibility for the rapist deciding to rape.
Who does bear responsibility?
Wait for it...The rapist deciding to rape.

At July 25, 2010 11:56 AM, Anonymous princess_azure said...

*sigh* People will look for any excuse to blame women. Case in point; Bruce Pardo.


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