8yr old girl raped and now her parents don't want her


by Amanda Lee Myers - Jul. 24, 2009 12:00 AM
Associated Press .

Authorities said Thursday that four boys ages 9 to 14 took turns raping an 8-year-old girl behind a shed for more than 10 minutes in what Phoenix police are calling one of the most horrific cases they've ever seen.

The outrage over the allegations intensified after police said the girl's parents criticized her after the attack and blamed her for bringing shame on the family.

"The father told the caseworker and an officer in her presence that he didn't want her back. He said, 'Take her, I don't want her,' " police Sgt. Andy Hill said.
The 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday as an adult with two counts of sexual assault and kidnapping, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. He appeared in court Thursday and is being held without bond.

The other boys - ages 9, 10, and 13 - were charged as juveniles with sexual assault. The 10- and 13-year-old boys also were charged with kidnapping, the office said Thursday.

Phoenix investigators said the boys lured the girl to an empty shed July 16 under the pretense of offering her gum. The boys held the girl down while they took turns assaulting her, police said.

"She was brutally sexually assaulted for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes," Hill said.

Officers responding to an emergency call reporting hysterical screams found the girl partially clothed and the boys running from the scene.

"This is a deeply disturbing case that has gripped our community," Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Thursday. "Our office will seek justice for the young victim in this heartrending situation."

Hill cited the family's background as the reason the family shunned the girl. All five children are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia.

In some parts of Africa, women often are blamed for being raped for enticing men or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Girls who are raped are often shunned by their families.

"It's a shame-based culture, so the crime is not as important as protecting the family name and the name of the community," said Tony Weedor, a Liberian refugee in Littleton, Colo., and co-founder of the CenterPoint International Foundation, which helps Liberians resettle in the U.S. "I just feel so sorry for this little girl. Some of these people will not care about the trauma she's going through - they're more concerned about the shame she brought on the family."

Ali Keita, a Liberian refugee and president of the Arizona Mandingo Association, works with refugees to ease their integration into U.S. society. Keita said that Liberian families may question why sexual-assault victims were in a situation that left them open for attack but that the initial response likely stems from disappointment and frustration with the family's circumstances.

"(As a parent), you feel like you've failed . . . to protect them," Keita said.

In recent years, Liberia has made efforts to combat rape under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has sought to dispel the stigma associated with sexual assault by publicly acknowledging that she was herself the victim of attempted rape during the country's civil war.

The girl's healing process will be particularly difficult, said Paul Penzone of Childhelp, which aids young victims of crime. Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services.

"These four boys used what was a ploy to entice her to a place where they could take advantage of her almost like a pack of wolves," he said.

"And what's so disturbing beyond the initial crime is the fact that a child needs to have somewhere to feel safe, and you would think that would be in a home with her own family," not in state custody, Penzone said.

Republic reporter Maria Polletta contributed to this article.

Oldest boy in assault of girl to be tried as adult


~N.A.T.T.Y Valos~
they should charge the parents for being dumbasses. How u could disown the child after she experienced something so horrible. What the hell is this world coming to man?!?!?! OMG


I see that they a liberian so that is a cultural thing fro people from that geographic area

Still really sad


Loyalty to Loyalty
Those little animals!

Really now 4 raped her and she is only 8!!!!!!!!

I really do favor rehabilitation but what can you really do with those boys now? This is crazy!


Players Play I Coach
They should just hurry up and deport the parent back to Liberia.

Kinda curious where did Liberia get those ideals from.
Ain't they suppose to be of kin of WI.


Loyalty to Loyalty
They should just hurry up and deport the parent back to Liberia.

Kinda curious where did Liberia get those ideals from.
Ain't they suppose to be of kin of WI.
Whats the majority religious denomination? Muslim?

40% christian
40% indigenous religion
20% Islam
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They should just hurry up and deport the parent back to Liberia.

Kinda curious where did Liberia get those ideals from.
Ain't they suppose to be of kin of WI.
20% of their population is muslim and you know some muslims will disown or even kill the women in their family who may have be raped or have premarital sex. Maybe that family is of that belief.

Shandy 2.0

God is my pilot
They should just hurry up and deport the parent back to Liberia.

Kinda curious where did Liberia get those ideals from.
Ain't they suppose to be of kin of WI.
No, the US

It was settled by freed slaves.
Liberia, "land of the free," was founded by free African-Americans and freed slaves from the United States in 1820. An initial group of 86 immigrants, who came to be called Americo-Liberians, established a settlement in Christopolis (now Monrovia, named after U.S. President James Monroe) on February 6, 1820.
Liberia (06/09)

Back to the story, I have no words. None...I'm just disgusted and disturbed by this news.

Mrs. Yankee Doodle

wow that is so sad and crazy..poor little chile will be scarred for life....

now as for the parents, what can we say, that is de people culture and belief oui....

I hope the system here helps her..
saw that their thinking is not framed primarily off religion

maybe the sooner onu admit the african is a bit hateful and savage to himself the better

cause if the pm lady "almost" went through it
which most likely means "did go through and wont admit it cause she too will be shunned and viewed certain ways"

if from all indications its not a religious thing wedda christian or mazlimb

then we can only blame the mentality of the people themselves

the fukd up thing is that when those "tribes" have wahrs and genocide
one of their main things is to RAPE the women in the tribe
full well what that does

africans are a bit dark


The family reaction is going to hurt her more than the actual incident.