- Jan 28, 2009
as sick as this is it is worse to start victim blaming. but this is Texas so not sure what to expect. the comments are really bad trying to link this with what would happen if the prop that failed went through.
Police haven’t even caught a man who raped a 12-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Southside Palace, Texas CVS, but the victim blaming has already begun — both by police and media reporting on the sexual assault. On October 16, police say that a 20-something white man lured the preteen girl away from her mother and grandmother before coaxing the girl into the bathroom and raping her — but, apparently, the word “rape” is too difficult a concept for Houston news station ABC13.
According to the ABC affiliate, surveillance shows the man walk inside the store and then leave. Shortly afterward, the girl walks in, followed by her mother and grandmother. The girl then walked off by herself, at which point the man reentered and approached her. “They went off into a corner and there were times when he was not fully clothed,” Detective Michael Kelly explained, before dropping this bit of knowledge:
Kelly tells Eyewitness News the man coaxed the girl then into the women’s restroom where they allegedly had sex. “She was not necessarily all that unwilling, but at the age of 12 it doesn’t matter,” said Kelly.
There is not a single place in the United States where it is in any way acceptable for a man to engage in sexual activity with a 12-year-old, and the age of consent in Texas is 17, but something is missing from both the news station and the detective’s account of the situation: The word “rape” does not appear anywhere. If you have sex with a 12-year-old, it is rape. He raped that child in the bathroom. It. Was. Rape. For the detective to suggest that the circumstances could be mitigated by the victim’s “willingness” is positively reprehensible.