This event, the one I just posted on…brought to mind a case I handed as an interim caseworker during my college years.
The victim was only 12 and her attackers ranged from ages 13 to 17. The mother and I took the girl to report her attack but much to our dismay nothing was done about it; citing the boys thought she was much older than 12 due to her early development. It was her word against theirs.
I lost my temper and yelled at the judge for ‘not’ signing an order to have those boys picked up and charged. Asking her what had the victim’s early development to do with what happened to her? What had it to do with rather or not the boy she thought was her friend got inside the house when her parents were at work and opened the door for the older boys. Perhaps he was being intimidated too. I asked had she thought about that? Those others were older and bigger than him?
The judge refused to look at me.
The caseworker whom I was an intern under to told me to sit down and be quiet or I may land myself in jail.
I told the judge a little story. I said, “I saw a pair of Manolo Blahnik on my way to work this morning. The store was opened. I really wanted those shoes but I couldn’t afford them. So, I kept walking. Now, supposed I had walked in the store, tried them on, admired them, and proceeded out the door wearing them. And when the security asked me where were I going?
And I said, “Oh, they are so last season. Therefore, I can take them. Well, I wouldn’t be here in this court room. I would be in jail and had I come before you about those shoes you wouldn’t be so lenient. Now, are you telling me a pair of shoes are worth than a child? ”
My superior pulled me out of there before the judge held me in contempt of court saying. “In this line of work you are going to see the true underbelly of society and you’ll have to chose your battles more carefully or you won’t last. It will wear you out in a few months.”
But a later one of the very same boys killed his girlfriend and left her nude body on her parents’ front yard. Why? No one knows. She’s dead and he isn’t talking. This is when the other case was reopened because of the knife my client say he had and the same knife was used to cut his girl’s throat.
Now, had something been done about the earlier incident and the attackers not sheltered because they all come from ‘good’ families. The girl who lost her life and who knows how many others wouldn’t have faced the fate they did.