Hello Followers (if there are any of you left after my long absences).
My brain has been working overtime trying to process a lot of shit lately. I’ve been trying to write a post about each thing that keeps the monkeys spinning, but since nothing has yet resolved, I have no ending to the posts yet.
But this story has got my ire up, and I felt compelled to write. To you, to the public at large, to the world.
I just came across this article on Buzzfeed:
According to the article, Rehtaeh, 17 yrs old, hung herself because of the bullying, tormenting, and teasing she received after being gang raped by 4 classmates 2 yrs ago. One of the boys involved actually took pictures and distributed them to everyone in her school. And the people who received the pictures thought it was appropriate to start calling her a whore and a slut and asking her to sleep with them.
The boys were never charged due to insufficient evidence.
Where do I begin?
I think – I hope – we can all agree that the 4 boys were complete assholes for the rape in the first place. You want to argue it was consensual? She was 15 years old! I don’t know the laws in Canada, but here in the States that’s statutory rape at the very least. And there were PICTURES of it, so how can there be a lack of evidence??
Second, what asshole takes pictures of a girl while she’s being raped and decides it’s a cool idea to let everyone she knows see it? Disgusting to the Nth degree.
But what REALLY pisses me off about this, is the way her “friends” responded. Not with sympathy, outrage, or disgust, but by chastising HER. She’s the victim here, and somehow it’s OK to tease her about what happened??
Where the hell are the parents of these kids? Not just the boys who did this, but all of the friends who participated in the subsequent events. Who never taught their children about being compassionate. About what to do when they see a crime being committed. How can the girls of this school not feel sorry for her, but participate in the public flaying?
These kids are SICK – every single one of them! There is an important component of their brains that is not functioning. I don’t care that they are all teenagers and that their brains are not fully developed. One of the earliest signs that someone will grow up to abuse people is if they abuse or otherwise torture animals or toys when they are kids. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that these kids have essentially tortured this poor girl TO DEATH, so what does that say about their future? What does that say about the future of this community, or the communities they move to as they get older?
I’ll tell you what it says. It says We’re Fucked. Because these kids don’t give 2 shits about their classmates, their friends, a fellow human being who has been victimized in one of the worst possible ways. If they haven’t learned the basic human quality of empathy by now, who is going to step up to the plate and teach them? Is it POSSIBLE to teach empathy? Lack of empathy is one of the key indicators of psychopathy! Have they raised an entire generation of psychopaths in this town??
Groupthink, yeah, yeah, but NO ONE stood up for this girl???
And where the hell are the parents, who allowed their kids to participate in these disgusting behaviors???
Where’s the accountability of ANYONE??
My heart breaks for Rehtaeh and her family. My blood BOILS for the rest of the town. They have all failed this child, in the worst possible way.