12 December 2011

Reality Bites: Rape

Two men and a teenager have been arrested for the alleged rape and abduction of a 15-year-old girl, who tried to escape her attackers but was threatened with death.

Court documents state that the men allegedly grabbed the girl while she was walking home alone from a family gathering. They wore bandanas to hide their faces, the court documents state, and repeatedly raped her in the jungle area off Ministry Road while it rained. "The victim fought back unsuccessfully. She bit the privates of one of the men, who responded by striking her on the face," court documents state. "They forced her to drink beer, threatening to strike her with the bottle if she refused. One of the men then stuffed a shirt in her mouth to keep her from speaking. They also threatened to kill her brothers and named the brothers' names."

Read more about the news here.

I am no professional when it comes to handling rape cases, or any legal case for that matter, but accounts and news reports like this make me want to scream and cry at the same time. The news goes on to tell that three out of the four men who raped the fifteen year old girl were caught.

And they closed the case.

The news from the Guam Pacific Daily News wrote the terrible news in such a way that makes it look like the girl got the justice she deserved. But to me, there is no justice to this. Some of the rapists were caught. Yes, I get it. But the problem is, no matter how many years these rapists would stay in jail, time could not be turned back for the girl who would have to endure years of suffering. The story does not end with the suspects living in prison.

What about the girl?

She is still too young to have her life taken away. She may not have died from this experience, but who knows? Maybe, somehow, she is wising for just that to happen. I can only imagine the trauma the rape victim would have to endure for the rest of her life. No amount of prison years from the rapists could amount to the suffering that the rape victim would have to live with.

Court documents alleged that each man raped the girl several times, then put the bag back over her head and left her at the Best Store in Mangilao.

I do not want to judge. But what kind of demonic possession could make these men do such cruelty to a fifteen year old girl?

My heart goes out to all the victims of sexual assault. It is very difficult to recover from traumatizing events such as the story above. I know most, if not all, of us wish for the day that rapists be castrated for their crime, but until that day comes, all we can do is look out for our families, friends and neighbors, and make sure that cases like this be reported to the authorities. Who knows? One of the people we know might just be the next victim.

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