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An eight-year-old girl who was gang raped has been abandoned by her family.

July 25, 2009 8:44 by

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?

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  1. Nilda S Hidalgo-Batzes on July 26, 2009 8:33 am

    July 26 2009


    This is disheartening story. What is Phoenix, Arizona government doing about this? Even though her family has abandoned her, the government of Phoenix, Arizona should step in and discuss with her family what has happened to this poor girl, not abandoning her.

    The family of those four young boys should also be included in the discussion. A psychiatric treatment should be given to all the people concerned not only to the victims.

    What has become to our society! This type of story is really unbelievable. I feel all the violence in the television and in the movies can add up to the violence in our world.

    Nilda S Hidalgo-Batzes
    Manama, Bahrain

  2. Jayan Nair on July 27, 2009 9:07 am

    Dear Kipp and readers,
    Pls follow the following link for the complete story, which i found from google.
    Kipp, pls do a full report to save us the trouble of search to know the complete story as to what happened to these criminals.
    Jayan Nair

    Eight-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped
    In Phoenix, Arizona, four boys aged from 9 to 14 tears have gang raped an 8-year-old girl in a vacant shed. She was lured to the shed by a promise of chewing gum. She was restrained and then sexually assaulted.

    The 14-year old boy, Steven Tuopeh, was charged as an adult with two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. The other three boys have been charged as juveniles. The boys have admitted to being involved in the crime to police.

    All of the children involved belong to families that have immigrated to the United States from Liberia. Her parents have blamed the young victim for the assault. Child Protective Services have taken custody of the girl.

  3. Judith Davis on July 27, 2009 11:14 pm

    Dear Nadia

    In American cities and counties there is a government division that is charged with protecting the welfare of children. The rape victim may be removed from her parents home because they have abanden ed her and placed with a family that will take care of her. She will recieve professional mental wealth care. If her family is found to be unfit because they have abandened her they may lose thier pernental rights. With all the press that this case has recieved I’m sure there is a waiting list of families that want to adopt and love this child.She will be loved and cared for.

    There is an American trdition of forming families by adoption and many people who want to adopt. My son is adopted as was his father. When the Family Courts judge asked if could love Chris as though he were my own child I said he is my own child and was from the moment I first saw him.

    As for the boys who raped her: the oldest is being charged as an adult and if found guilty could serve up to 14 years in prison. The younger boys cases will go to the juvinal courts and a judge will decide how they will be charged. In all the boys cases physcological reports will have some bearing on how and wear thier cases are handled.

  4. Shehab Ahmed on July 28, 2009 11:47 am

    I feel sorry for the little girl she will need some serious counceling and follow up. Her family and the family of the other kids should be blamed for not paying attention to their kids.
    Imagine this happen here in the UAE, then you will see human rights and UN, etc etc compalining about not having enough laws to protect her, but since it happened in the US I guess that doesnt matter!!!!


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