12yo Rape Victim Not to Be Believed, Say School Admins
The reported rape of a 12-year-old girl by a 14-year-old boy in a stairwell in Portola Middle School in El Cerrito, California, has been making some disturbing waves. Even though two fellow students interrupted the assault (one went to get a teacher, while the other physically intervened), school admins are just not so sure we should call it rape just yet. The school's principal and vice-principal have been placed on administrative leave. A sampling of cover-your-butt denialism:
School site supervisor Mustapha Cannon: "It was hormones gone wild... I think this is something that's been worded the wrong way... They probably just took it so far and embarrassment kicked in. As far as calling it a rape, I think it's something that they did together and it got worded the wrong way... When this is all over with I want to see if I can get a public apology for my principal."
Teacher Carol Renee: "I hope they're [school principal and vice-principal] not being blamed for anything because they're really good administrators and we need them back here... I think the situation is being exploited. I think not everything is going to be as it seems."
School site supervisor Marquita Dones: "If she was being raped, why didn't she scream? Why did these students have to come up and tell us that somebody's down there?"
Cannon again: "I know the girl and I know the guy... I know for a fact that that girl could've knocked that guy out with one hand tied behind her back."
Are you noticing a trend here? These school employees are saying a 12-year-old girl, who legally CANNOT CONSENT to sexual activity, wasn't raped. Either because she wanted it, or because she didn't fight hard enough, or because it would be *really* inconvenient for school officials. SHE IS TWELVE. She can't legally have "sex," not in a stairwell, not in school, not anywhere. "12-YEAR-OLDS CAN'T CONSENT." Maybe school employees should be required to write this on the blackboard 100 times a day until they get it. Granted, these school employees have a vested interest in saying it wasn't rape, but it's unconscionable, and a sign of rape culture's pervasiveness, that they immediately dismissed the claims.