None of us posted on this terrible story last week, but I’m sure many of you have heard or read about it: A teenage girl was brutally gang-raped for two hours after a school dance in Richmond, CA, as up to 20 bystanders laughed, cheered and shot video of the attack. Some jumped in to participate. She was flown to the hospital after another girl called police, and is now recovering.
Richmond High School is accepting cards and donations for the victim. They can be mailed to the school at 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804. Make checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund, with “For sex assault victim” written in the memo line.
“How could this happen?” so many people have asked. I’m surprised everyone is so surprised. You are what you eat, and we’re feeding on a steady diet of eroticized violence against women.
Depictions of women being raped, tortured, and murdered are staples of our entrainment industry.
Porn entices viewers by advertising “[x] her ’til she [expresses distress]!!!”
Rape “is the new black on the comedy circuit.”
Ghosts and goblins have been replaced by gang-rapists and vaginal mutilation.
Our boys get a thrill out of killing prostitutes in video games.
Brutalized women are sexed-up on America’s Next Top Model.
This wasn’t the bystander effect in action. It was rape-as-entertainment. And it’s totally predictable.