Richmond, CA

10 Nov

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When you’re in high school, all everyone wants is to fit in. But how far would you go to fit in?

For me, this played a part in what happened that terrible night in Richmond, California. A vulnerable, churchgoing 15-year-old girl tries to fit in and please her school’s bad boys. Her desire to fit in and be accepted made her unwilling to pay attention to her surroundings. She was too innocent and too trusting. Aren’t most 15-year-olds?

It has been almost two weeks since I first heard the news about the horrific gang rape that took places at a high school in Richmond, California. I am still traumatized by this, because I can’t believe:

a) this happened at a high school in America

b) up to 20 people watched, laughed and took pictures with their camera phones

c) that up to 10 people raped her for over 2 hours

As I learn more about the event, it’s sad that she was actually heading home and was calling for a ride when a friend did something that changed her life forever. He got her drunk off brandy. One man asked for sex. She said no, punched him in the nuts. He flipped out and punched her. Then they formed a train and raped her. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Sometimes with foreign objects.  And when they were done, the rapists and the crowd left her naked next to a dumpster.

Listen to the 9-1-1 call from a brave girl.

So far 4 have been arraigned.

Donations for the Richmond High School rape victim may be sent to: Richmond High Jane Doe, account No. 041-30-1188, Mechanics Bank, 3170 Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond, CA 94806.

Or send cards to Jane Doe, care of Richmond High School, 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804-1011 checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund, with “For sex assault victim” written in the memo line.

The victim has a long road ahead of her, but she sounds like a strong person who is still optimistic and believes this world can be a good place.

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One Response to “Richmond, CA”

  1. Arlene November 13, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    To THE VICTIM – our thoughts and prayers are with you forever. Let’s not lose hope that justice will prevail.

    TO THE RAPISTS AND PARTICIPANTS – you are all bastards and may you all rot in jail. We encourage the judge and prosecutors that you are all handed death sentence as all of you don’t deserve to live. For what you did to the 15 year old is barbarian, you must all lose your rights to live where only human beings must live.

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