In 2006 an 11 year old girl was subject to rape by as many as 20 men and boys over the course of hours. According to MSNBC, "The people convicted ranged in age from 13 to 40 at the time of the assault. Most received prison sentences of four to 15 years. The 40-year-old man got 25 years, while the 16-year-old girl was sentenced to up to three years in a juvenile facility."
Reading this story I was filled with sadness that someone so young had to go through something so horrific. It is yet another example of the fact that black female bodies are considered bodies that are ultimately meant for male sexual satisfaction. Whether it is in media representations, or social construction, the black female is always considered to be less than, and as such an open target for rape.
As if this story wasn't heart wrenching enough, the commentary from the colluders filled me with such a violent rage.
"A number of women in the girl's neighbourhood said the males involved were good people who made bad decisions."
Let's be clear, a rapist is not a good person, who made a bad decision. There is nothing redeemable about someone who thinks that they possess the right to violate anyone in this manner. Whatever prior good acts they may have committed are mitigated by this one event. There are some actions that we perform in life that become main identifiers, and rape qualifies as such an act. It is an assertion of power, and an act of hatred against women. To defend such an action is to agree that all women at anytime are available for rape, if the man in question happens to be a "nice guy".
"Five years? Ten years? That's ridiculous," said LaToya Bell, 22, sitting on a porch with four others who nodded in agreement. "They (are) getting time for nothing. That girl, she knew what she was doing."
Yes, an 11 year old child knew when she was coerced by a 16 year old girl, that the end result would be sex with multiple men. Stop blaming the victim! We hold police to higher standards than this when we deal with entrapment, and yet this child is supposed to be able to understand, what she was "allegedly consenting" too.
There are those that have told me, that I am too hard on colluders. I on the other hand, believe that I have not attacked them enough. Women who support acts of violation against other women are dangerous. This can be reified by the fact that in this case, the rapists were aided by a female. Collusion often times leads to more than words, it leads to complicity in action. The 16 year old girl did not identify with the 11 year old female victim, no instead she found solidarity with a gang of rapists. It is only thorough feeling contempt, for everything female, is it possible for a young woman to aid in the abuse of an 11 year old girl. When rapists attack us they can count on the colluders to provide support, and encouragement of their behaviour. The internalized hatred that colluders present to world impacts all women, in that it encourages men to believe that they have the right to violate, and abuse us as they see fit. Power can never truly be disturbed as long as there are women who falsely identify with patriarchy. Colluders are to the advancement of the women's rights movement, what the house slave was to the abolition of slavery.