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It is hard to even know how to respond to this article. I have personally known two rape victims - one was a 14 year old girl and the other an 84 year old woman. Regardless of the age, this crime never left them and changed them both in fundamental ways. My heart breaks for this young woman whose life has been shattered.

It goes without saying that the men/boys or perhaps I should say animals who committed the crime deserve the severest punishment possible. The question of the bystanders is another story. I personally don't buy the mob mentality theory. They stayed because on some level, they were enjoying it and participating in it vicariously. It is a SAD SAD commentary on where we have come as a society, as a people, as a nation, when our youth (remember, these are going to be our future leaders), could stand by, casually observing and do nothing. In today's instant communication society, these teenagers are never without their electronic texting devices (ie. cell phones). Someone could have called for help. Mob mentality isn't an excuse. They didn't call because they didn't want to.

Where have the morals and values and just the common decency that used to be a part of our country gone? What does it say about us as a people and a nation if this is our youth?

Very very heartbreaking - very sad.... Not only for the victim but for all of society. What a sad indictment.

November 2, 2009 - 2:23pm


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