Once again, the following story is a reminder that negative attitudes towards rape victims are a pan-global phenomenon:
Offers of help are pouring in for an eight-year-old Liberian girl disowned by her own family in Phoenix, Arizona, after being raped by four boys.
The girl is under the care of the Arizona Child Protective Service (CPS) because her parents said she had shamed them, and they did not want her back.
Media reports said the girl was lured into a shed on 16 July with promises of chewing gum by the four young boys.
There, they held her down and took turns assaulting her for 10 to 15 minutes, before her screams alerted officers nearby.
But the police said no charges will be filed against the parents.
“They didn’t abandon the child,” Phoenix police sergeant Andy Hill told AFP news agency. “They committed no crime. They just didn’t support the child, which led to CPS coming over there.” [Source]
The boys were aged from 9 to 14.
It is heartbreaking that a child so young should not only experienced such hellish trauma, but also be cast out from those who should support her most.
It is simply incomprehensible.