Tell the New York Times to Apologize for Blaming a Child for Her Gang Rape

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Lori Bales
9 years ago
It doesnt matter what you wear or what kind of personality you have no means no and nobody deserves to be raped!!!! I dont care who you are

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Penelope Rumble
9 years ago
The article was disgusting, written in such a way as to maximise sympathy for the rapists and emphasise the damage to their futures and to the community of a prosecution, rather than the damage to the victim and the community of the rape itself. It's shameful. The Times should take this as an opportunity to improve its reporting of rape.

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Lydia Locherer
9 years ago
Victim blaming is never ok.

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Rachel Peters
9 years ago
I find it difficult to believe that a little girl put clothes on with hopes that eighteen men would put themselves into her. Blaming an eleven year old who has likely never even menstruated is not the answer to this horrific event.

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Brianna Mangino
9 years ago
My only question is whether or not one of these rapists wrote the article? If this is not the case, I also am concerned with the lack of editing involved upon publishing a story with such sensitive material. Nothing that child did or said could possibly justify what those men did to her. "Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town" is by far the most insensitive, ignorant story I have ever read and the New York Time should be mortified.

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Alice Morris
9 years ago
I am a subscriber to the Sunday NYT. I am appalled at your lack of sensitivity to such a heinous crime.
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Alice Morris

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Katherine Jones
9 years ago
I think as this point you owe her. You people with your sloppy, insensitive, and plain ignorant reporting should give her some monetary compensation for heaping on her after going through what she did. You disgust me!

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Zoe Hill
9 years ago
An apology is not enough, nothing could ever be enough. I am speechless with shame and anger over the acts of both the residents of Cleveland and The New York Times. This is not the attitude of a "civilized" nation. Consent must be taught in schools and mandated by law, this girl is in my prayers-I cannot begin to imagine the horror she experienced.

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Kaitlin Morris
9 years ago
I am so angry at the author James C. McKinley Jr. for his article "Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town" and at the New York Times for publishing such an article. I love the New York Times and buy and read it every chance I get and I couldn't believe that my favorite newspaper would blame a child for being gang raped by 19 men because of what she was wearing. No matter what a woman is wearing, where is she, or if she has had a couple of drinks, rape is never the victim's fault or behavior that can be justified. Those 19 men were not "drawn in", they decided to forcibly rape an 11 year old girl.

As a young woman, this article made me wonder what would have happened if the victim was older, say twenty years old like myself. If James C. McKinley can point blame on a child wouldn't his blame pointing be much worse if she was older? I thought that the New York Times would be above such victim blaming and sexism towards women. I will not be buying or reading the New York Times until an apology is submitted.

Sincerely, Kaitlin Morris

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Rebecca Sedlak
9 years ago
I've always looked up to The New York Times. I'm studying journalism at the University of Oregon's professional School of Journalism and Communication. I know how journalists labor over the right words to use. You don't see "cripple" in newspapers; the AP Stylebook even warns against using "handicapped." So why report these rape victim-blaming descriptions of an ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD?? Even if she was trying to act "grown up" by wearing makeup, I doubt she wanted to be raped by 18 men. Way to condone victim-blaming. Yes, these boys and men will have to live with their raping her for the rest of their lives--but guess what, she'll have to live with being RAPED for the rest of her life. Your reporter, James C. McKinley should think about that the next time (if he ever) covers a rape story again. New York Times, we expect better. We demand better.