Alleged Gang Rape in Texas Reminds Us of the Importance of Sharing Important Information with Our Children

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action 

Eighteen men (thirteen adults, five juveniles) have been charged in the rape of a young girl in Texas, according to CNN. Darrell Broussard, the assistant police chief in Cleveland, Texas told CNN that "There have been leads during our investigation that have alerted us to other possible persons of interest.  The investigation is ongoing."

The men being charged are between 18 and 27 years old and the victim is age 11.  Many of the men are reportedly students at Cleveland High School.  The incident allegedly occurred last year and has led to a racial divide in the community.   Those who were arrested are being charged with first-degree felony sexual abuse of a child and face 25-to life if convicted.

I am not one to say whether or not these men are guilty of the crime for which they are being accused (seeing their joint mug shot makes me sick to my stomach, since I’m sure the racist Texas Republicans are having a field day with this), I’ll let the courts handle that.  I do worry about whether a state like Texas, which incarcerates and executes more black men than any state in America, has the ability to provide a fair trial.  At the same time, I feel an incredible amount of sympathy for the young girl if she was indeed harmed in this way.

 

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3 responses to “Alleged Gang Rape in Texas Reminds Us of the Importance of Sharing Important Information with Our Children

  1. Joyce

    It has been reported in the news that the sex acts were videotaped and other people saw what happened. A friend of the little girl saw the tape and reported what had happened. This happened in Wisconsin to an 11 year old girl who mother had died of AIDS. Many of the men were much older than 18. Instead of worrying about white people…who have their own problems with sexual abuse of children–stop making excuses and call for those on the video tapes to receive life sentences. It’s time to send a message!

  2. Joyce

    I am black and I live in Texas. I remember a time when there were more than 1,000 murders in one year in the city of Houston. A lot of people had to go to prison and death row in order to cut the murder rate by 67%. Why do so-called community activist always forget the crime victims? Poor people tend to end up on death row and that includes poor white trash and poor hispanics. Now that Texas has life in prison without parole, the number of people sent to death row from Harris county is dropping. But, the truth is, prosecutors usually don’t ask for the death penalty when the defendent can afford a good lawyer. I am worried about the law abiding black citizens who lose their lives and are victimized by crime. I couldn’t give a rat’s tail about the criminals.

  3. Joyce

    CLEVELAND, TX — An alleged sexual assault of a Texas girl involving nearly 20 people was recorded on cell phones, and a video of the alleged incident was circulating among students in her school district, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.

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