Nov 03 2009
The parents of the 15 year-old victim allegedly gang raped outside a high school Homecoming dance in Richmond, California spoke out this past weekend. Pastor Jim Wheeler of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond read their prepared statement by on Saturday that encouraged those enraged by the incident to “work toward changing the atmosphere in our schools and in this community so that this kind of thing never happens again.” Seven suspects, including three minors, have been taken into custody in connection with the October 24th gang rape that occurred on the campus of Richmond High School. Local police suspect that as many as ten assailants were involved in the more than two-hour attack while a dozen or so others are thought to have witnessed the incident without reporting or intervening. As the gang rape has made national headlines, questions surrounding the state of American youth have inevitably arisen. Explanations such as the “bystander effect” have been utilized to answer the question as to why no youth attempted to stop the assault. Richmond High students, in speaking for themselves, noted the alley where the rape took place as security-compromised. School officials reportedly had requested on a previous occasions to no avail that lighting and cameras be installed.
GUEST: Ron Avi Astor, USC Professor of Urban Social Development, Social Work and Education at University of Southern California
Read his article at http://www.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/11/02/astor.gang.violence/