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Old 11-16-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Twenty Others Stood By And Watched

I've been following this case, as much as I can stomach. And it's just beyond belief and understanding-with the alleged photographs taken and who knows what else. The brutality against a 15 year old girl and the complete devaluation of her as a human being. He really wanted to help her, but he didn't-why not?

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Gang Rape Witnesses Kept Silent So They Wouldn't Be Called Snitches
Teen Boy Who Watched for 20 Minutes Feels No Guilt for Not Calling Cops
By EMILY FRIEDMAN

Nov. 11, 2009 —

One of the witnesses of last month's gang rape of a 15-year-old girl at her homecoming dance said that while he could have stopped the attack that he watched for 20 minutes he didn't feel accountable for what happened.

"I feel like I could have done something, but I don't feel like I have any responsibility for anything that happened," the unidentified 16-year-old witness told ABC's San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV.

Two witnesses told the television station they didn't call police during the more than two-hour-long assault on the girl because they didn't want to be called a snitches.

For the first time since the Oct. 24 gang rape, details are emerging about the vicious attack on the defenseless teen. Witnesses have now said that the victim was repeatedly kicked in the head as a group of boys took turns raping her during the more than two-hour attack, even using a foreign object to penetrate her.

The witness said that he didn't have a cell phone to call for help and was scared to tell anyone what was happening. Even his parents didn't know he saw the rape occur, he said. "She was pretty quiet. I thought she was like dead for a minute, but then I saw her moving around and I was like, 'Oh,'" the witness told KGO. "I really wanted to help her, but I don't know, I just didn't."

Police have arrested and charged six men, ranging in age from 15 to 21, in the Oct. 24 gang rape during Richmond High School's homecoming dance.

Police said that a total of 10 males were suspected of taking part in the gang rape. Twenty others, according to authorities, stood by and watched, some even snapping photographs on their cell phones, while the teen girl was assaulted.

Salvador Rodriguez, who was initially arrested in connection to the crime but was later released after the district attorney said she did not have sufficient evidence to hold him, said he saw some "crazy things" the night of the attack.

Rape Witnesses Feared Being Called a Snitch

"They were kicking her in her head and they were beating her up, robbing her and ripping her clothes off. It's something you can't get out your mind," Rodriguez told KGO.

Rodriguez said he was skateboarding near the high school when he saw a group form at a dimly lit section of campus, an area friends of the victim told ABCNews.com is known for its seclusion. But when Rodriguez approached the group, what he found was gruesome.

"I saw people, like, dehumanizing her," said Rodriguez.

"I just see like everybody going crazy and messing with her, and I was like, 'Hey man, calm down, leave her alone, that's a little girl.' You don't do nothing like that,' because I got two 15-year-old sisters myself," Rodriquez said.

He said he knew at least one of the attackers and tried to stop the group from taking pictures of the victim on their cell phones.

Rodriguez told KGO that he was the only person who tried to help the victim, who was lying naked alone by the time the attack ended.

"She was by herself, she was naked and I tried to help her and I reached for her and she started screaming and I said, 'Hey, I don't want to hurt you, I just want to help, that's all I want to do is just help you,'" Rodriguez said. "So she stopped screaming. It's as if she knew, you know, I wasn't trying to do nothing and then I grabbed my T-shirt and covered her up with it."

Fearful of being labeled a snitch -- a reputation that Rodriguez said could put his life in danger -- the teen said he was too scared to call for help.

"People say, 'Why didn't I call the cops,' but at the same time, I live in Richmond. A neighborhood like this, snitching is something you don't do, you know. I mean I have to walk down the streets now in fear of my life," Rodriquez said.

Someone who heard people talking about the attack eventually called the cops.

"We didn't want to go back there because we were scared," Margarita Vargas told the police dispatcher. "Nobody wants to call the cops, so we decided to call the cops."

Gang Rape Victim Is Recovering at Home

The victim, now recovering at home, is described by friends as a devout Christian who attended church three times a week; her friends said she had been looking forward to the homecoming dance for weeks.

Because the suspects are being charged as adults, each could face life in prison if convicted. The charges include rape in concert (gang rape), sexual battery and penetration with a foreign object in concert.

Only one of the six in custody, 15-year-old Cody Ray Smith, has entered a plea. He pleaded not guilty.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:05 PM   #2
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Absolutely disgusting.
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This is sick and made me feel ill reading it. I've been seeing it on the news since I live in the Bay Area but I didnt know all the details. I'm not too surprised that none of these kids did anything. Richmond isn't the greatest city here and is known for gangs and violence. Still there's no excuse, any of them could have just quietly walked around the corner and made an anonymous call to the police.
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One of the most horrible stories I've read in some time.
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I've heard the details, but I can't read this right now. It makes me want to throw up. The sheer horror of witnessing something like this happen or having it happen to you and the fact that no one reacted on a gut level and did something is bizarre and backwards in my mind, but the fact that people took pictures and video?? These people are inhuman.
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I am so sickened and outraged by this. It has left me wondering what has this world come to?

Maybe this article could provide an answer:

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People often hear cries for help and think someone else will call the authorities, or they don't know what to do and so do nothing -- a phenomenon known as the "bystander effect," explained Denise Hines, a research assistant professor at Clark University in Massachusetts who teaches classes on that very subject. Witnesses may also fear enraging the attacker, or attackers, and becoming victims themselves.

People also take cues from those around them, experts said. Just as one person yawning can inspire a roomful of yawns, so too can one person -- or several -- engaging in a crime encourage others to go along.

"People tend to look to other people to figure out what to do," Hines said. "Among teenagers, this must be particularly strong.
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The sheer horror of witnessing something like this happen or having it happen to you and the fact that no one reacted on a gut level and did something is bizarre and backwards in my mind, but the fact that people took pictures and video??
I wonder if they can be charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography.
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i can't even read the article.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:30 PM   #9
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2 things that are terrible in this story (other than the rape, i dont even need/want to comment on that):

1. all those people standing by doing nothing. not to sound like a grumpy old man, but these youngsters today are a bunch of desensitized sociopaths
2. the amount of times these dipshits say "like" in their interviews
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Can we keep Nifong off this case?

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How does he come into this?
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One of the most horrible stories I've read in some time.
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I hink I threw up in my mouth a bit.

This is the worst story Ive read all year
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Yes there is the bystander effect-but to take pictures and videos? That goes way beyond that. Did they do that because other people were doing it too?
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Yes there is the bystander effect-but to take pictures and videos? That goes way beyond that. Did they do that because other people were doing it too?
that's what i'm wondering. i'm not so quick to point the finger solely at teens, but this is a widespread problem, with people in general just not caring anymore. i guess everyone's too stressed out about their jobs and everything that if something doesn't affect them, then they don't care. and this attitude then rubs off on their children. apathy is a dangerous thing.
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