New York state police have made the unilateral decision to stop investigating the rape of a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl, stating that the teen boys who were alleged to have been involved in raping her were also handicapped and therefore the rape was consensual.
This horrid story was originally covered by this column on Jan. 14, and thousands of readers were rightly shocked and applaud. A summary of the case with brevity in mind; the teen girl has an IQ at the low end of 60. She alleges that during class, with two teachers in the room, several of her male classmates attacked her sexually. They held her down and vaginally raped her, and attempted to anally penetrate her as well. The girl's mother states that her daughter's underwear had blood in it when she returned home from school that day, and the mother fought the school for months to little avail.
It was more of a consensual situation with their mental capabilities.
And that is it. Because the teen girl has a low IQ, and because the teen boys have low IQs the rape means nothing. The girl was violated, and no charges will be brought. The girl pleaded for them to stop is a moot point. That her attackers held her down, and mounted her, in a classroom while being held under a desk is not relevant to the New York state police. Indeed, her cries for help and pleading that they stop is inconsequential.
If the laziness of the police is not enraging enough, because of the girl's cognitive abilities she is legally unable to consent to sex. Therefore the police's decision is entirely fallacious, and certainly not based on law but rather convenience and expediency. They have more important things to do.
The school, Martin De Porres Academy, also has asked that police pay no further attention to this matter.
Imagine that. A student is raped in a classroom, with teachers in the same room, and the school wants the police to stop looking into the case. For their credit, the teacher in the room was fired.
Will the firing of the teacher give this young lady her innocence back? Is this justice?
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