“…. police say dozens of teens gawked, laughed and took photographs while a 15-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped and beaten outside a Richmond High School homecoming dance.
But one brave girl, who was not even there, wouldn’t stand for it.
“I was watching a movie, and my brother-in-law came in and he told me ‘I don’t know what to do, because there is a girl back there and she has been raped. I’m scared,’” 18-year-old Margarita Vargas said.
“I’m like ‘We should call the cops because that’s the right thing to do.’ I didn’t think about it twice.” Vargas said she called police because she would want someone to do the same if she ever was in that situation. “
I’m a big fan of the What About The Men arguments, and that bolded bit is why. Whenever there is a discussion of rape-culture and how it ultimately manifests itself in situtations like the Richmond ‘gang’ rape, I like to pipe up and say stuff like: ”what about the men! men would care about rape if they heard more about male on male rape!” More often than not people disagree with me, or say that I am minimizing rape committed against women, but I believe it’s imperative for all of us – men and women – to be able to imagine ourselves “in that situation”.