I caution, this is rough.
Four Boys Charged in 8-Year-Old Girl's Rape
PHOENIX (AP) – Maricopa County authorities say four boys ages 9 to 14 have been charged in the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl whom they had lured to an empty storage shed with chewing gum.
Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill says the boys held the girl down while they took turns sexually assaulting her.
All the children are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia.
But wait, it gets much worse.
...Police said the girl's parents criticized her after the violence, blaming her for bringing shame on the family. All five children are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia.
Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services after her parents blamed her for the rapes and bringing shame to the family.
“The father told the case worker and an officer in her presence that he didn't want her back. He said Take her, I don't want her,'” Hill said.
Hill cited the family's background as the reason the family shunned the girl.
In many parts of Africa, women often are blamed for being raped for “enticing” men or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Girls who are raped often are shunned by their families.
You read that right. I wish I could say this was an abberation, but unfortunately it is very common in many parts of the world, particularly Africa and the Middle East. When women are victims of rape and sexual assault, they are held responsible and punished. Oftentimes they are murdered by their own families in what is called an "honor killing."
As difficult as this young girl's life will be in the custody of Child Protective Services, clearly she is not safe anymore with her family.
Allow me to step outside the civilized bounds of Political Correctness, but this is wrong. And any society or culture that condones such abhorrent treatment of women and girls is inferior.
Am I off base here?
I yield back the soapbox.