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Florida Lawmaker Says 11-Year-Old Gang Rape Victim Was “Dressed Like A Prostitute”

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Student dress codes are a controversial topic, but there is no justification at all for blaming a rape victim for the way she was dressed. While arguing in favor of a dress code for Florida students, Republican State Representative Kathleen Passidomo referenced the 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas, girl who was gang raped by 18 men in November and whose ordeal was recently reported in The New York Times. Passidomo said:

“There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.”

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Today’s Lady News: Texas Gang Rape Of 11-Year-Old Stirs Racial Tensions

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  • The alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, in November by 18 men and boys has turned the town upon its head, according to the Houston Chronicle. The victim was allegedly Latina, while the guys who raped her (ranging from middle schoolers to a 27-year-old) were allegedly Black. Allegedly, a group of skinheads was seen in the town yesterday yelling racial slurs about Blacks. What a terrible situation. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, and the families of all those affected. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Also, the ombudsman/public editor of The New York Times has published a response to an article about the Cleveland gang rape in his paper which slut-shamed and victim-blamed the 11-year-old girl. [New York Times]
  • A Maryland House of Representatives committee has approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples. [Feminist.org]

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NYT Gang Rape Article Mentions Victim, Age 11, Wore Makeup And “Dressed Older”

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for The New York Times defended the article to Yahoo.com’s Cutline blog yesterday and the paper also published a critical letter to the editor online.

A tragic gang rape story out of Cleveland, Texas, has been made all the more worse by a New York Times article that tells us the 11-year-old victim hung out with teenaged boys, wore makeup, and “dressed older.” So many journalistic aspects of this New York Times article, written by James C. McKinnley, Jr., are so badly handled with regards to sensitivity towards sexual assault victims that it makes me want to haul their entire editorial team in for an educational session on rape myths. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Arizona Gang Rape Teen Gets Probation

  • A 15-year-old boy who participated in the gang rape of an 8-year-old girl in Arizona has received probation from a judge. All of the children were immigrants from the war-torn country of Liberia. The boy, who held the girl down while she was assaulted by three boys, will remain in treatment for the next year and will be on probation until he turns 18. The judge said he will decide whether or not the boy must register as a sex offender once he’s seen how the boy has responded treatment. [Arizona Republic]
  • Attention California: Carly Fiorina wants to be your senator! The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Barbara Boxer’s seat. [New York Times Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Fake “Rape” Was Apparently A Prank By Sacred Heart Lacrosse Players

  • A lawyer for one of the lacrosse players involved in an incident at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on Sunday night said three male students didn’t actually rape an 18-year-old female student, but held her down and joked about raping her. Therefore, these three young men were charged with conspiracy to commit sexual assault. Timothy Sanders, the lacrosse player with whom the victim was having consensual sex and who held her down when his friends entered the room, has also been charged with unlawful restraint. The lawyer called it a “sophomoric prank”—understatement of the year, sir!—and said the victim of this sexually humiliating situation “deserves an apology.” Does he not see how pranking a girl that she is going to be raped goes beyond just plain douchey behavior? [Huffington Post, Newsday, Boston Herald]

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Today’s Lady News: Another Week, Another College Gang Rape

  • Oh, man, this story hits close to home because, literally, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is in my hometown. According to police, on Sunday night an 18-year-old victim was allegedly having consensual sex with 19-year-old student Timothy Sanders, when he called his two friends from his SHU lacrosse team, Nicholas Travers and Zachari Triner, to join him. Sanders allegedly held the victim down while Travers and Triner sexually assaulted her; when she screamed and struggled, Travers and Triner fled the room. Police said Sanders allegedly asked the victim if he could continue to have intercourse with her. Police have charged all three with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault, while Sanders was also charged with first-degree unlawful restraint. [Connecticut Post]

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Today’s Lady News: After Homecoming Dance Gang Rape, City Struggles With Blaming The Victim

  • The city of Richmond, California, is struggling to deal with the horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, which allegedly had up to 20 witnesses, outside a homecoming dance. For some in Richmond, this means blaming the victim and criticizing the “snitches” who put seven of the alleged rapists in jail. [NY Times]
  • A study of 13,000 high school students found girls who play team sports are less likely to smoke, be depressed, and use marijuana. Unfortunately, it also says boys who play team sports are more likely to behave violently and binge drink. [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: 6th Person Arrested In Gang Rape & Obama Lifts HIV+ Immigration Ban

  • A sixth person has been arrested in the the gang rape of 15-year-old girl in California . Police say the rape occurred during a homecoming dance, allegedly while as many as 20 people watched. [ABC News]
  • A judge upheld a restraining order on a new law which would’ve required details about Oklahoma women who’ve had an abortion to be posted online. Anti-choicers had hoped the law would go into effect on November 1. [Tulsa World]
  • Great post by Sadie at Jezebel about “Secret Keeper Girls,” a Christian organization for tween girls which, among other things cares about promoting modesty and purity in fashion. Sadie agrees that less-slutty clothes for young girls would make conservatives and feminists happy, but wishes Secret Keeper Girls wasn’t so gung-ho about sexual purity. [Jezebel]
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    Today’s Lady News: 15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped After Homecoming Dance

  • A 15-year-old girl was gang raped, beaten and robbed by as many as seven people after a homecoming dance at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Police say the girl left the dance and was invited by a friend to join a group drinking in a court yard near the school, where she consumed “a large amount of alcohol.” After being sexually assaulted, she was left semi-conscious near a picnic table and eventually found by someone who alerted the police. A 19-year-old and a 15-year-old have both been arrested, but cops say five others may have been involved. [MSNBC]—This incident would be sad enough if it hadn’t happened just last week at a school dance in the U.K., too.
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    Hofstra Student Says Oops! She Wasn’t Gang-Raped After All

    Earlier this week we were upset to hear an 18-year-old woman at Hofstra University on Long Island had allegedly been gang-raped by five men in a dorm bathroom. Each day, we read increasingly troubling newspaper reports describing how the student had gone back to a dorm room with one of the alleged rapists who took her phone at a frat party. There, she said, five men took her to a stall in the men’s bathroom, tied her up with rope and gang-raped her.

    But guess what? Apparently, it’s not true. Today the District Attorney for Nassau County on Long Island reported that the accuser, whom she called “very troubled,” told police the sex was consensual. When the young woman was told the incident may have been caught on video tape, she admitted she’d lied. Keep reading »

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