Detroit teen rape victim fires back at critics
A 17-year-old rape victim got a glimpse into human nature’s dark side when passing motorists failed to help her as she was being assaulted.
After her story was made public, she got another taste of how badly people can behave.
But the girl, who described herself as a “strong rape victim,” fired back.
The victim’s name is being withheld, despite her openness on social media about her ordeal. The girl, who is three months pregnant, was sexually assaulted about 6:30 a.m. Oct. 7 as she waited for a bus to take her to school, police said.
She was standing alone at a bus stop on Seven Mile, east of Interstate 75, when she said a stranger approached her and announced he had a gun. He then forced her to walk behind a building, where his his gray or silver Chrysler 300 was parked. After pushing her inside the vehicle, he raped her.
The girl said several motorists drove past the bus stop while she was struggling with the man, but, she said, “nobody stopped to help.”
After The Detroit News posted a story about the assault on its website, most of the readers’ comments were supportive and sympathetic.
But, amid the ubiquitous posts blaming everything from Democrats, to former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s poverty policies, there were those who hinted the girl’s family is at fault.
“Her husband should have been there to protect her,” one man wrote.
Another man piped in: “Something very fishy about this.”
Said another reader: “You mistakenly left out her husband from this rosy wonderful life. You know, the father of her ‘blessed gift’?
One woman wrote: “Why is a girl, or any woman, standing alone at any bus stop, in any city at 6:30 in the morning?” She added: “No , it’s not her fault that she was raped. But the reality is that she should have never been there alone.”
The victim responded by posting her own comments, calling out those casting blame on anyone but the rapist and the motorists who failed to stop and help.
“I am the young girl who got (abducted) and rape(d) and my mother is doing the best she can,” the girl wrote. “I have a Down syndrome brother she also takes care of so she can't be at two places at one time.
“The reason I was at the bus (stop was) so I can go get a education,” she wrote, adding that people shouldn’t criticize her for being pregnant because, there are “young girls out here younger then me pregnant.
“I (didn’t) ask for (any of this to happen) to me or my family so don't try to put the blame on my mother because she's out here trying her best,” the girl wrote. “I (just) don't understand why people (are) always saying negativ(e) stuff.
“If it wasn't for my mother (and her) boyfriend I would have been dead. People (just don’t) understand (until) it happens to your daughter or sister or family. People need to just wake up.”
The girl’s mother, whose name is also being withheld to protect the victim’s identity, told The News Saturday she was disgusted by how some are reacting.
“If it happened to them, then they’d know how I feel,” she said. “There are some sick-minded people out there who want to say what happened is somehow my family’s fault.”
The woman said she has her hands full caring for her 23-year-old son, who has Down’s Syndrome. She said her daughter is intent on completing high school and becoming a police officer.
“Her mind is set,” she said. “She’s wanted to do that since she was little.”
The mother said she’s been homeschooling her daughter since the assault. “She’s not going to let this stop her,” she said.
The girl, who told The News she’s had trouble sleeping and is sometimes afraid to venture outside since the rape, wrote Friday: “I want to say I am a strong rape victim to speak up and out about everything that happened to me. I am very glad and (thanking) God for (waking) me and my unborn child and family up this morning.
“I am (going to) Continue On with my life and go to school & pray to God I make it to see another day.”
Her mother said Saturday she was proud of how her daughter is handling things.
“She’s a strong person, and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” she said. “She’s standing up and speaking out. All the victims should get together and speak out.”