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Teenage Girls Support Alleged Richmond Rapist on MySpace

The news about the gang rape of a teenage girl in Richmond, CA, outside a homecoming dance while others watched and did nothing continues to get crazier.

A seventh suspect (the oldest so far at age 21) was arrested today, but even as details about the horrific crime continue to come out, one of the youngest accused rapists, who is 15, seems to have unlikely supporters: teenage girls on his MySpace page.

It's not clear if they think he's innocent, but they hope he's freed and that anyone who "snitched" on him gets theirs.

"F*uck the system. F*uck the snitchz. Free Cody," writes Vanessa.

What is going on here? Typical teen confusion? Are young girls oblivious to their own vulnerability? Are they repressing their knowledge of their vulnerability by supporting an accused rapist instead of a female rape survivor? Or do teen girls just learn to hate themselves and each other at an earlier age? Help me out — I am genuinely at a loss for words.

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ali321 ali321 7 years
I don't get this whole "snitch" thing. I'd be proud to be one personally. If you're doing something wrong you should be called out on it. I remember being in high school and sometimes my friends did stupid things that they got in trouble for and honestly I often felt the need to stand up for them. But their offenses never really hurt anyone and if they did I didn't consider that person my friend anymore. I couldn't imagine standing up for someone where there is proof of something like this. These girls need a backbone and they need to learn to speak up for what really matters. If myspace is still around when I have kids I am definitely going to being aware of what they are posting on it and I don't care if they think it invades their privacy.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It's one thing to understand our judicial system - that the State carries the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It's quite another to say "fcuk the system" and threaten snitches. These girls are idiots, but I pity them more than I dislike them.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
:cry: All the way around heartbreaking.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
Is it right for the media to be posting these minors' personal information for the mass public to view? Yes, I understand it's Myspace and all, but with the way everyone on here and other media sites are acting, I wouldn't be surprised if these kids got some unwanted attention. Overall, I do agree this is pretty upsetting and those who stood by and watched this terrible act of hatred take place should be punished as well.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
wow, this makes me sick to my stomach.. how can you not put yourself in the victims's shoes?!!!! Especially being a female... these girls need a huge reality check and some therapy, oh and maybe some good parents with morals. Good grief.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i think that in this situation, these girls aren't even thinking...they just like this young boy probably cuz he's cute and they're friends, and they are just rallying together for a cause, ANY CAUSE even if it's not in the right direction...and there's also the possibility that the poor victim is a girl no one liked or a girl deemed a slut or these girls are just so insensitive and young that it doesn't occur to them that a victim is a victim and they're just rallying for the person who is their friend in this situation
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
can't believe this, what is wrong with some people.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Completely awful that these girls just care about their friend being freed rather than what the friend may have done. Hoping the "snitch" gets his? Implying that they don't care if their friend did participate in a gang rape, the only crime here was that somebody told the cops that he did? That the act of snitching is more heinous a crime than committing gang rape? These are "tough" girls (wannabe thugs) who aren't afraid of the law and police and don't care what happens because friends got to stick together and have each other's back. I find this kind of mentality/mob behavior sickening. I agree - they need help.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
janneth janneth 7 years
Beyond belief.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Did anyone read the part about the boy being an accused rapist/suspect? There is always a possibility that he didn't have anything to do with it. "Innocent until proven guilty." On the other hand, if he did, those girls are dumb. They clearly don't realize that it could happen to them, and I think they need to take a moment to realize the trauma the poor girl who was raped had to go through instead of worrying about whether their friend, who may or may not have partaken in the innocent, is freed.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
obviously none of these teenage buffoons thinks it can happen to them. it's the invincibility complex a lot of teens seem to have. they just don't give a damn unless it's them or someone they care about.
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
wow. i agree with all the above posters. i worry for the future of women.
kty kty 7 years
this story is disturbing and very tragic,like Sarahliz said these girls need serious therapy.
sarahliz1624 sarahliz1624 7 years
These girls need therapy. Obviously something isn't right. Where are their parents? Where are their morals? This deeply saddens me.
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