Friday, June 21, 2013

Pencil Dicks

Serena Williams kindly reminded us that a huge percentage of people still think women who get sexually assaulted are at least somewhat to blame for what happened to them. Now here's an even more disturbing case about a 13-year-old boy, who was sodomized  with a pencil by a group of older boys , then saw his life -- and his family's -- unravel when his attackers were reported:

The Denver Post has the jaw-droppingly horrific story:
At the state high-school wrestling tournament in Denver last year, three upperclassmen cornered a 13-year-old boy on an empty school bus, bound him with duct tape and sodomized him with a pencil.  
For the boy and his family, that was only the beginning.  
The students were from Norwood, Colo., a ranching town of about 500 people near the Telluride ski resort. Two of the attackers were sons of Robert Harris, the wrestling coach, who was president of the school board. The victim's father was the K-12 principal. After the principal reported the incident to police, townspeople forced him to resign. Students protested against the victim at school, put "Go to Hell" stickers on his locker and wore T-shirts that supported the perpetrators. The attackers later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, according to the Denver district attorney's office.  
"Nobody would help us," said the victim's father, who asked not to be named to protect his son's privacy. Bloomberg News doesn't identify victims of sexual assault. "We contacted everybody and nobody would help us," he said.  
High-school hazing and bullying used to involve name- calling, towel-snapping and stuffing boys into lockers. Now, boys sexually abusing other boys is part of the ritual. 
The father sought out his son, who told him what had happened. He then confronted Harris, the head coach, who at first said nothing had occurred, according to the father. In subsequent conversations, Harris said: "This happens 1,000 times a day around the U.S.," the principal recalled. 
What the f**k?

Keep reading HERE.

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