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Toddler Raped, But Her Attackers Shouldn't Be Punished

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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I'm sickened over this, who do you think should be punished?

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A 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?

 

 


by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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mibebe1982
by Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

 YES!!!

HeartCharmMama
by Ing-Pura Latina on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

They need to be punished but the question is HOW? Obviously, they caused harm to someone and they knew it was wrong. And I really agree that they need serious treatment.

What a tragic story.

kgmmw
by Kimberly-US/Mex on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM
I totally agree with you.

Quoting HeartCharmMama:

They need to be punished but the question is HOW? Obviously, they caused harm to someone and they knew it was wrong. And I really agree that they need serious treatment.


What a tragic story.

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shorty_girl330
by Jessica V- Mexico on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM
something has to happen, at 9 he should understand that is wrong, and the parents should be ashamed they let kids see them doing it or let the watch it, thats a private matter that shouldnt be exposed to young children
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biancalina20
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM
That's so terrible.. I have no words....
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nngmommy83
by Nancy on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

How horrible!

RainyRain
by Reyna on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

What the heck is going on in this world?

Really 7 and 9???

Where has the child's innocence gone?

This is a sad case, it seems wrong to punish a 7 and a 9 year old but at the same time how can we let them go free. They will take it as an ok pass and  look at raping as if it's not wrong doing.

I am just shocked by this story.

krise
by Christine-Arizona on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

 wow.. sick and twisted. I feel so horrible for that little girl!! I somewhat agree... I think they need to really investigate what has happened to these boys, get into their minds. Treat them and then go on from there. Also I think these parents need to be accountable for there children's actions as well....

momma_814
by Zayra-Mexicana on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

 This is the only thing i can say ..... :(

Quoting biancalina20:

That's so terrible.. I have no words....

 

bri09
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

This is horrible! I think in a way they are all innocent....there is a reason for these boys actions, maybe they were molested also or they saw someone do this to someone else. Either way the boys will need therapy the poor baby girl fortunately will not remember anything probably because she is so young but might find out about it when she gets older & will probably affect her then. This is so sad...

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