A ninth-grade student in South Florida says she was raped by 3 other students at Miami Carol City Senior High School.
The way the school chose to deal with the 14-year-old rape victim is a shocking display of victim shaming.
WSVN reported the teen girl says, “I was going to leave [the bathroom], and he grabbed me by my sweater, and he held tight, and so I was going to pull and leave, and he wouldn’t let me go.”
The victim reported that during the first incident, the boy forced her to have anal sex, and then went around bragging to other students that he had sex with her. As other students heard, they started approaching her for sex.
“The third time, it was after school, and I was supposed to stay after school for math, for math tutoring, and there was a guy asking me if I could go to the restroom with him.”
The other students forced her to perform oral sex on them and in October she told a teacher at her school about the problem.
In her statement she wrote, “…he grabbed me tightly by my hand, and he got me into the boys’ bathroom … I couldn’t breathe. I [was] choking and crying.”
The school suspended the boys, and strangely, they also suspended the victim.
The girl was hesitant to report the horrible crimes, and she expected the school to believe the boys.
“I felt like they would really just take the guys’ side, and they would just believe them, leave me out and say that, you know, it was all my fault,” she said.
WSVN reported that even though the victim stated she “couldn’t breathe, was choking, and crying” the school called it consensual and noted she didn’t scream or run away.”
Making a terrible situation even worse, the victim’s mother said, “Thursday is when the investigator showed up at my house at 7 o’clock at night to let me know one of these kids was HIV-positive and the other one has gonorrhea.”
The girl will have to wait a year before finding out if she has HIV, but she has been given medication for it. She is also too traumatized to go back to that school and is having difficulty to get the district to allow her to transfer to another school.
The victim said, “I’m getting therapy, and you know, I can’t sleep at night sometimes, and I really hope this doesn’t happen to any other girl. This shouldn’t happen to any other girl or boy.”
The school released a statement: “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”