Three boys ages 8 and 9 were being held Monday in a detention center on charges of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban apartment complex, officials said.
The alleged attack happened Thursday and the girl’s mother reported it to authorities Sunday, Acworth police Capt. Wayne Dennard said.
“The juvenile victim stated that an 8-year-old boy and two 9-year-old boys that she had been playing with earlier pulled her into a wooded area, where one of the boys raped her,” Dennard said.
The three boys were charged with rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault, Dennard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Their names were being withheld because of their age.
Well, okay, maybe a few words:
The only thing I can imagine to be more unrealistic and utterly unbelievable than 8 and 9-year-old boys raping someone is that an 11-year-old girl would make up such a story and have anyone believe her unless she was highly credible and there was some sort of physical evidence. And though a PIV assault is a physical possibility, “rape” doesn’t necessarily mean that forced intercourse took place, but it does probably mean that there was forced penetration of some sort.
I’m utterly baffled, and have no idea what to say to this 11-year-old girl. But who the hell do you blame? I do know that the boy who actually did the raping is either a raging psychopath/sociopath who needs to be removed from the community or is in just as desperate need of help as the girl he raped is.
And though I think that it’s likely that the young rapist is a victim of sexual abuse himself, I do not think that either his actions or especially the actions of his accomplices can be removed from the cultural messages that they are bombarded with on a daily basis, which condone and promote rape. It’s not just the college guys getting women drunk until they pass out or high school guys that won’t stop groping no matter how much their girlfriends beg that we have to worry about getting the wrong message, anymore. These boys are children. And if that’s not a wake up call, I don’t know what is.