At Women’s Space/The Margins, Heart has been blogging about acts of violence against women. It can’t be easy for her to write these posts, and they are very difficult to read, but it is important that people pay attention to this issue, and she is to be commended for her efforts. Recently she publicized an incident in which 14 boys were incredibly abusive toward a girl, without appearing to have any awareness that she was actually a fellow human being. The post begins as follows:
Last June a developmentally disabled 17-year-old girl, Julia, met two boys she had chatted with online at a local shopping mall. They led her to a nearby riverbank, where the two boys became up to 14 boys.
The boys raped her (forced her to perform oral sex), beat her, lit her hair on fire several times, poured urine onto her body from a cup, then urinated on her directly. They then threw her coat and some of her clothes into the river.
They filmed the entire attack and made a DVD out of it, which they sold for $5 each. They later made a worse video which was sold for $10 each. They listed their real names as credits in the video. One boy thanked his mother for the use of her videocamera. …
You can read it in its entirety here, and you should.