[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD RAPE, ABLEISM, SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, CHILD ABUSE]
Hey. Hey. Hey. Remember how I've been talking about ableism? And like how women with disabilities face an extreme risk of sexual assault and abuse? Well FUCK FUCK FUCKITY GOD DAMN SHIT.
School Allegedly Uses Girl As ‘Bait’ For Sexual Predator, Leading To Her Rape
The school did nearly everything wrong upon learning that a girl was being continually sexually harassed by this boy. According to a lawsuit, rather than move immediately to put an end to the victimization, the girl’s teacher set up an elaborate sting operation to “catch him in the act.” This involved asking the girl, who is described as having special needs, to lure her attacker into a school bathroom while her teacher watched from a distance. “Don’t do anything. Just get him to meet you and we’ll catch him,” the teacher allegedly instructed the student.
According to police records, the teacher even told school administration about her plan, and while they didn’t actively encourage it, they also didn’t tell her no.
Unfortunately, the terrible plan was even more poorly executed. The teacher said she watched the bathroom for a while during the agreed upon time, but didn’t see the girl or the boy enter so she simply shrugged and left school. Meanwhile, the girl had gone to a different bathroom and while in there, she was assaulted by the boy.
Are you screaming profanity yet? It gets worse.
A doctor confirmed that the girl showed signs of having been raped, but the teacher felt no responsibility for what happened. The school even tried to defend itself by saying the student probably consented to the sex, despite the clear evidence that she had approached a teacher beforehand and asked for help.
Having been informed that the girl was assaulted, the school still did nothing. According to CNN, Dunaway testified that the girl “was responsible for herself once she entered the bathroom.” It was her fault because she put herself in that bathroom. The place, if you recall, she was only in because the teacher had told her to go there or the harassment wouldn’t stop.
THEY FELT NO RESPONSIBILITY. NO ONE WAS FIRED. THEY SAID SHE MUST HAVE CONSENTED. DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE "IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING SPECIAL NEEDS." AND THE BOY WAS OBVIOUSLY A PREDATOR. THE BOY ONLY GOT AN IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION. WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I can't remember if it was on this blog or on Tumblr that I said it would be more accurate to call rape culture "nobody gives a shit about rape" culture. The teacher and the administration don't care that this girl was raped. They only cared enough to casually brush off any responsibility for the horrific and highly traumatic assault of a developmentally disabled girl by saying that she must have consented, even though the entire purpose of the "sting" was to prove that this boy was violating the same girl's consent through repeated harassment and sexual assault.
The teacher didn't care. The principal didn't care. The other administrators didn't care. They don't care about what happened to this girl. They just don't. fucking. care.
This is what gets me so irate, again and again. How is it possible that you don't collapse in guilt and grief and regret after becoming responsible for the rape of a disabled child? HOW??? HOW IS THIS A THING THAT IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE?
And the thing is, you know that part of the reason that they don't care is because she's disabled. They don't view her as fully human, because in our society, people with developmental disabilities or people on the autism spectrum, they aren't really people and we don't really need to care about them, right? Just make sure they stay alive for the most part, but beyond that, no one cares.
This is why my feminism will always include disabled people. They are the most vulnerable to our "nobody gives a shit about rape" culture.