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There's nothing funny about rape

Posted: February 26, 2012 - 1:02am

It’s enough to make you shake your head. Or your fist.

We’ve all heard this week about the five teens calling themselves the “Charlie Rape Gang.” Members of the “gang” briefly were suspended from Lakeside Middle School recently after complaints, and social media postings, that they had been corralling unsuspecting fellow students, holding them down and pretending to “rape” them.

Ha, ha. Really funny.

Juvenile behavior is to be expected occasionally from juveniles, and as the saying goes, boys will be boys. But such outrageous, stunningly boorish behavior goes far beyond mere teen hijinks.

It should go without saying – but evidently doesn’t – that rape is nothing to joke about. In spite of the fact that rapes are a vastly under-reported crime, there still were 19 women in Columbia County last year who reported being raped, according to 2011 crime statistics from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Really raped, as in sexually assaulted. As in held against their will, with sexual violence forced on them.

The five (as far as authorities know) members of the “Charlie Rape Gang” apparently found some sort of sick humor in surrounding fellow students and “dry humping” them. Sure, they would stop (eventually) and run away when the startled victims told them to, though that hardly mitigates the shock from such bullying behavior.

But back to those 19 women in Columbia County who reported being raped last year: Alarmingly, that’s 10 more than reported sexual assault the previous year, the sheriff’s office says. Either that jump is a statistical anomaly, or rape is becoming more prevalent.

The latter might very well be the case, especially if teen boys are starting to think it’s OK to make jokes about sexual assault to the point that they pretend to force it on their peers.

Based on the information it had at the time, school officials suspended the little bullies. With more victims coming forward, the sheriff’s office now is investigating criminal charges. But none of that precludes the parents from lowering the boom on these boys at home.

Those parents should not only review their sons’ choices of friends, but they also should take the opportunity to thoroughly revisit the swill their teens might be chugging from decadent pop culture.

If the parents really want to be proactive, they could contact Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services about counseling and volunteer opportunities. Anne Ealick-Henry, the agency’s director, says she’s open to discussing it, and notes they already provide curriculum to some area schools.

Whether these boys learn through volunteering, or the hard way by being incarcerated, this “gang” certainly needs to gain an understanding that what they’re doing just isn’t funny.

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Riverman1

Of the 19 Women

I'm curious, of the 19 reported rapes, how many resulted in convictions of the supposed rapist? Reported crimes and actual crimes don't always match. This crime could be one where many of those reported are not factual.

LMH

Bullies

The above comment should give us all a little insight into why these young men are acting the way they do....... I call it the "liar-liar argument". Before anyone starts to play devil's advocate, let's stick to the subject at hand.....that a group of little boys think it is perfectly OK to disturb the personal space of fellow students and grind on them like monkeys in the zoo for laughs....

As a mother, I would be outraged at my son for exhibiting this kind of behavior. As a woman, I would be humiliated to know he thought this was OK to do. What must these little boys think of their mothers, sisters, and others around them?

Rapists see their victims as nothing more than objects - no feelings, no personhood, no dignity. And the kind of behavior displayed by these little bullies is where it all begins......

Every one of these little boys needs serious intervention NOW before they begin to go even further with these kinds of stunts.

Little Lamb

Okay

Well, "intervention" is a two-edged sword. I wonder what LMH means by intervention. Would she be content to settle for forced psychiatric counseling paid for by the parents of the perpetrator? Would she also insist on some time in juvy just to scare them straight?

Craig Spinks

Bullies

LMH,

Well-stated.

Thanks.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Craig Spinks

Bullies

LMH,

Well-stated.

Thanks.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Craig Spinks

Bullies

LMH,

Well-stated.

Thanks.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

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