11-Year-Old Texas Girl Raped Repeatedly for Three Months

The horrific gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in a sleepy Texas town garnered mainstream media attention last month -- mostly because of the horrific nature of the events, but also because the New York Times ran a widely reviled, misogynist piece that engaged in egregious victim blaming.

The Times follows up on the story today (with different reporters on the beat, it should be noted), and the details of the case are even more heartbreaking than previously thought. The gang rape, it turns out, was not an isolated incident, but just one account in an ordeal that lasted for nearly three months. So far, nineteen men have been charged in the case. They range in age from 14 to 27. 

To reiterate the facts of the story: The victim is a sixth grader whose parents are immigrants from Mexico, the Times reports. She said that when Eric B. McGowan, 19, called and asked her if she wanted to 'ride around,' he and two other men took her to a trailer belonging to a registered sex offender (not charged in this case), where someone had been shot and killed earlier in the year.

She was then allegedly threatened to strip by Timothy D. Ellis, 19, who warned her that if she refused he would 'have some girls beat her up.'

According to indictments, one man accused of participating was Kelvin R. King, 21, who was out on bond while awaiting trial on rape and robbery charges. Another was Marcus A. Porchia, 26, who worked at a local mental health clinic. Yet another, Isaiah R. Ross, 21, the son of a local school board member, was also present at the Nov. 28 rape, according to a search warrant affidavit for his telephone.

The November assault was not isolated, court documents say. Mr. King’s brother, Xavier M. King, 17, and Devo Shaun Green, 20, are accused of raping the girl on Sept. 15. Mr. McGowen and two others — Jamarcus N. Napper, 18, and Cedric DeRay Scott, 27 — are charged with sexually assaulting her on Oct. 25. Carlos B. Ligons, 22, is charged with sexually assaulting her on Dec. 1. The last indictment, released Monday, accuses Walter J. Harrison, 26, of raping her on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. The police released no details about those episodes.

The sheer number of the accused is nauseating enough, but the age difference is even more awful. This girl is 11 years old -- young enough to still keep stuffed animals on her bed, according to her father -- and was allegedly assaulted by men as old as 27 years old.

Making it all worse, the girl's family is living in poverty, and her parents both have health problems -- her father is diabetic, and her mother has a brain mass and needs surgery. Child protective services have taken the girl into foster care in another town. The parents must attend family therapy to regain custody.

Read the full piece here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 30, 2011, 7:38am

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