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#BreakTheSilence on Rape Culture

Smita Sharma was molested by a professor and then, her cousin committed suicide after facing abuse. Today, this photojournalist traverses...

martedì 8 marzo 2011

Gang Rape

It happened during the Thanksgiving break from school in Cleveland, Texas. An 11-year-old girl supposedly went willingly to an abandoned trailer, then had sex with as many as 18 boys and men. It was all caught on tape. Those who've seen it say it was both graphic and degrading...


But it managed to stay a secret for months, until the video began circulating widely around the school district in this town north of Houston. That's when a friend of the girl saw it and went to police. 

The cops will only say the video depicted "the victim engaging in sex acts with multiple adult and juvenile males." Others can be seen in the background capturing the event on cell phones. And while the girl was supposedly willing, 11-year-old's don't get to make that call in the eyes of the law.

The video has also made for handy evidence for police. They've charged 18 boys and men in the case so far, their ages ranging from 17-27. 

The arrested include only one student, Timothy Daray Ellis, a 19-year-old enrolled in the district's dropout recovery program. Police have also charged Isaiah Rashad Ross, 21 and the son of a school board member.

Others include Xavier King, 17; Kelvin Rashad King, 21, Eric Bernard McGowan, 19, Jamarcus Norris Napper, 18; Devo Shawn Green, 20 (pictured top); Jared Glenn McPherson, 18; and Marcus Anthony Porchia, 26, Carlos Bernard Ligon, 25, Cedric De Ray Scott, 27, Jared Len Cruse, 19, Rayford Tyrone Ellis Jr., 19, and Timothy Daray Ellis, 19. 

All have been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14, a felony punishable by 99 years in prison.

Cleveland, Texas Gang Rape: 18 Arrested in the Videotaped Assault on 11-Year-Old Girl 8 Mar 2011



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