Four Facts Related to the Cleveland, Texas Rape Case

Reading and watching the coverage of the community’s reaction to an 11 year old girl’s gang rape in Cleveland, Texas, I am sickened. I am also certain of four key facts.

To be clear: No, I haven’t flown to Texas to investigate. No, I don’t know anymore than what I’ve read online or watched on the news. No, I wasn’t there in the trailer. But I can still state the following with no uncertainty:

  1. An 11 year old cannot consent to sex. Period.
  2. Age is not the only issue. 18 men, one girl, videotaping. At no age would that ever be okay.
  3. What a girl wears, says or does not cause her to get raped. Rapists cause her to get raped.
  4. A victim’s parents are not to blame. Rapists are to blame.

 Let’s stay focused on the facts.

10 comments for “Four Facts Related to the Cleveland, Texas Rape Case

  1. March 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    One of our guest writers, Shannon Ivey, an actress, contributed a guest article on this that is a very in depth analysis of the whole situation and the disgusting spectacle that it has become. You can find it at:

    • March 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks for sharing the link.

      Here’s an excerpt from the article Frank references: “To We the People: this girl has a name. She is your daughter, your mother, your sister, your aunt, your cousin and/or your friend. She has the same name of every woman you know and love. She breathes, fears, loves, cries, screams and bleeds. If the media insists on using a disconnected label, then we as a people must FIND a way to connect to this young girl. A connection is the only way to right this savage wrong.”

  2. VM
    March 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    ========So what do you say now that all of the facts have changed in this case – will you put up a new post – or keep the same misinformation out there=========none of these facts seem to be real

    • March 24, 2011 at 7:17 am

      The facts I stated don’t change: An 11 year old cannot consent to sex.
      What a girl wears, says or does not cause her to get raped. Rapists cause her to get raped.
      A victim’s parents are not to blame. Rapists are to blame.

      The new information (that a 19th person was arrested and reports indicate the victim may have suffered several assaults prior to this one) don’t change the above-stated facts. Nothing does.

  3. Miike
    March 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Under normal circumstances, no one would defend these actions by the rapists, simply because they are indefensible. However, in the NY Times article, the actions WERE defended, or at least mitigated, over and over by people in Cleaveland.

    The elephant in the room here is race. Cleaveland is a largely black community. All of the accused are black, including a couple of popular high school basketball players. The victim is not black. The community is supporting these men and trashing the victim based on race. You’ll notice that there is a news black-out on this aspect of the story. Political correctness comes into play even in cases of violent crime these days.

  4. April 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    We have just published a follow up article to our article entitled “The Rape of the Unnamed Girl.” It is about the effects that this case has had on the family. You can find it at:

    You can also donate to the family via our web site if you choose.

    Thanks for all of your help and support.

  5. Ida
    April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    A lot of people are commenting on how bad Cleveland is and stereotyping ALL Cleveland residents to be bad in general, racists, or without morals or proper upbringing. This is all not true. I have been a resident of Cleveland for 16 years and this has never happened before. These kids being accused of rape are to blame for their actions and hopefully they will be punished accordingly. I feel terrible for the 11 year old girl involved and I hope she gets help in dealing with what has happened to her. I too have kids and can only say that this is a horrible thing that has happened that shouldn’t have. The guys have ruined their lives and their families have to pay the price along with them.

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks for commenting Ida. Rapists are responsible for rape – not victims, families or communities.

  6. Doug
    November 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I have lived in Cleveland for about 5 years. This is not a largely black town.

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