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Toddler Raped

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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Toddler Raped, But Her Attackers Shouldn't Be Punished

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans
on March 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

sad teddy bearA toddler was raped, but as horrific as the thought is, those who raped her shouldn't be punished. You see, her attackers were just boys -- 7- and 9-year-old boys who shouldn't even know what rape is. Someone is to blame, but it's not them.

It happened in Memphis this past summer. The 2-year-old victim's brother, 5, saw it occurring and told his mom. Thank goodness he did. While the boys first blamed each other, they later admitted to the crime.

The boys are due in court today where prosecutors are recommending they be removed from their families' homes and placed in state custody for treatment, not punishment. They want to determine what these boys have been exposed to that would make them do this to another child. James Sanders, the attorney defending the 9-year-old boy, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

What happened to this victim is horrible, nobody is minimizing that. But my client has a lot of problems and needs some immediate help. Somebody's got to rescue this kid.

Someone has to rescue them all.

This is one of those stories that I recount through tears, because it's so awful and so unimaginable that such vile, evil things can happen to innocent children. And really, at this point, all three should still be innocent. Something has to be very, very wrong in one's life for a mind that young to be infected like this.

But as much as I don't want to blame these boys because of their age, where do we draw a line? Is there really an age at which one suddenly should be able to account for his tragic background, overcome what he's been exposed to, and now be able to stand up and do the right thing? Yes, we have to expect that, but we also have to expect that some won't be able to. It doesn't in any way make what the victim suffered any less horrifying or their actions justifiable in the least, it just make the whole situation more tragic.

Do you think these boys should be punished?

Lilypie

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jen113000
by Jenna on Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM

 I have no words for this one...

bhwrn1
by Brooke on Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Where the hell would these boys even learn this kind of stuff? WTF?

betsystipo
by Betsy on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

 Oh man that is a rough one.  I mean 7 & 9 yrs old?  They shouldn't think that its an "ok" thing to do - Oh i'm just disgusted, I can't even explain myself.  Those boys need help, they need to be removed from their homes and given serious counseling. Obviously something was done to them that shouldn't have been done!  And that poor 2 yr old....I have no words. 

mrsr0125
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

 I don't even know what to say

mhmomma
by Becky on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:24 PM

 I am at a lose for words

LoriAnn87
by Emerald Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:48 PM

speechless

ceciliam
by Lynn on Mar. 29, 2011 at 8:15 AM

This is so sad for everyone involved. For these boys to behave in this manner suggests that they have been exposed to this type of activity, which makes them victims, themselves. If these boys have been sexually abused themselves, they may see nothing wrong with their behavior....just sad.

bhwrn1
by Brooke on Mar. 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

 I agree. These boys had to have been abused to be exposed to this and to know what to do. What was the parents roll in this? It's very sad. I have no idea if I think it would be appropriate for them to be punished. Certainly they need intervention: removal from the home, counseling, whatever.

Quoting ceciliam:

This is so sad for everyone involved. For these boys to behave in this manner suggests that they have been exposed to this type of activity, which makes them victims, themselves. If these boys have been sexually abused themselves, they may see nothing wrong with their behavior....just sad.

 

Lilypie

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REPURPOSE...

spinning globerecycling sweetpeaturning into globeplant a treechanging light bulb

Meditate on your own Self. Worship your Self. Respect your Self. God dwells within you as you.”  Swamni "Baba" Muktananda

ceciliam
by Lynn on Mar. 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Absolutely!

Quoting bhwrn1:

 I agree. These boys had to have been abused to be exposed to this and to know what to do. What was the parents roll in this? It's very sad. I have no idea if I think it would be appropriate for them to be punished. Certainly they need intervention: removal from the home, counseling, whatever.

Quoting ceciliam:

This is so sad for everyone involved. For these boys to behave in this manner suggests that they have been exposed to this type of activity, which makes them victims, themselves. If these boys have been sexually abused themselves, they may see nothing wrong with their behavior....just sad.

 


barefootmommi
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2011 at 9:35 AM
No I think the courts are doing the right thing. For once.
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