It’s often been said that people get more upset over animal abuse than wife abuse. People point out that there are more animal shelters in the US than domestic violence shelters. The National Network to End Domestic Violence, in fact, conducts an annual survey and finds that women & children are often turned away from shelters due to lack of space. As further proof, folks think Vicks, the football player charged with animal abuse, got more punishment than athletes that abuse their wives or girlfriends.
And then I saw this article in Salon this morning. I was sickened. There was just a vigil in DC over a police officer who shot a dog. Where is the outrage – the vigil – the protest – over gender-based violence being performed on this teen? over sharing this grotesque human right violation on Facebook? over this writer excusing and providing rationalization for the harmful conduct? This is disgusting – the act, the audience, the excuse.
The horrific gang rape of a 16-year-old girl is roiling Canada. It’s suspected that she was drugged at a rave on Saturday and then assaulted in a nearby field by a group of males. Truly adding insult to injury: The attack in Pitt Meadows, B.C., was photographed and videotaped — and the evidence was then published on Facebook by one of her alleged attackers. The photos and video “have been viewed, shared, saved and reposted numerous times,” an official told the Vancouver Sun. The images are spreading like wildfire, and it’s impossible to contain.
it isn’t hard to understand how even a nonsociopathic teenager might opt to view a photo of a girl’s rape, or even send it along to a friend. This is so often how we share things, good and bad; we hit “forward” or “re-tweet” or “like,” etc. Technology offers us a sense of privacy, and detachment, even as we’re sharing these things with the entire Web. The online mentality is one of entitlement and total freedom, no one has ownership over anything (just ask record label execs). I would venture to say that it hasn’t even occurred to many of the kids — the ones who are not, you know, patently evil — that they are violating this girl themselves.