An eight-year-old girl who was gang raped has been abandoned by her family.
July 25, 2009 8:44 by Dana El Baltaji
Kipp was taken aback by the story of a young Liberian girl who was gang-raped in Phoenix, Arizona, and was later shunned by her family and put in foster care.
The eight-year-old girl was drawn in by a group of four boys and raped in a shed.
“I think that family is wrong. They should help that child who has been traumatized and they should make sure that they work with the U.S. law authorities to see what can be done about the other young boys who have committed this offense,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told CNN. “Not only should they abide by the law, but they too need serious counseling because clearly they are doing something, something that is no longer acceptable in our society here.”
“[Women and girls] are always being blamed for everything,” said Monica Westin, founder of World of Hope International, which promotes human rights. “It’s always the girl’s fault. There’s no gender equality.”
You can apply that logic to numerous cultures worldwide, where women are shunned for being victims of violence, and for being less than what their societies deem to be ‘pure’. It’s a problem prevalent throughout the Middle East (including the UAE), the Sub-Continent and in some parts of Africa.
It’s an infuriating predicament, especially given the business and commercial advancements these countries boast.
But back to the little girl: what will become of her? She’s only eight, and she’s already been raped and abandoned. Now what?