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March 11th, 2011

Response to NYTimes Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town --

This story has had me shaking with anger for the last couple of days. I can't believe this town is looking at this 11-year-old girl who may have been assaulted by as many as 28 teen boys and men in an abandoned house and trailer and saying she was asking for it. At 11?! 11!? If it's forced sexual contact, it's rape. Period! And OMG, as a friend and I were discussing, who FILMS such a thing?! This is the stuff nightmares are made of. And apparently there's pictures, too. All this has floated among the student bodies of the middle school the girl and one of the boys attends and the high school that four of the boys attend on their cell phones for months.

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NYTimes response to criticism!

March 11, 2011, 1:58 pm
Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance
By Arthur S. Brisbane
Public Editor's Journal by Arthur S. Brisbane

The story quickly climbed The Times's "most emailed" list but not just because of the sensational facts of the crime involved. "Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town," published on Tuesday, reported the gang rape by 18 boys and men of an 11-year-old girl in the East Texas town of Cleveland.

The viral distribution of the story was, at least in part, because of the intense outrage it inspired among readers who thought the piece pilloried the victim.

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