Homecoming rape at Richmond High continues the negative stereotype of Richmond, California

October 30, 2009

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Richmond was integral to winning the war…

Richmond, CA is my hometown.  If you like who you are, you have to embrace everything that got you there, both positive and negative.  You can’t look at things in a vacuum, but you have to take everything into consideration before making your judgment.  But, when you see things like this happening, it makes it terribly hard to defend any comments against Richmond after this incident.

(10-28) 19:05 PDT Richmond — Three juvenile boys arrested in the rape, beating and robbery of a 15-year-old Richmond High School student were charged as adults Wednesday and could face life in prison if convicted.

The boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, were among five suspects that had been arrested in connection with the crime as of Wednesday. Police were continuing their investigation and expect to make more arrests.

Police said they now believe that as many as 10 young men may have assaulted the girl Saturday after she left her school’s homecoming dance. They initially said that about six young men attacked the girl.

The three juveniles were each charged with rape in concert and penetration with a foreign object, authorities said. The 16-year-old also faces a robbery charge.

The first suspect arrested in the case, Manuel Ortega, 19, of Richmond, was charged Wednesday with rape in concert, rape by force, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

Another suspect, Salvador Rodriguez, 21, of Richmond, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of rape in concert. He remains in custody and may be formally charged later this week, authorities said.

The latest arrest happened at 11 p.m. Tuesday when the 17-year-old boy turned himself in at Richmond police headquarters, Lt. Mike Gormley said. Officers went to the boy’s Pinole home earlier but didn’t find him, police said.

The younger boys are both from San Pablo.

Although the juveniles are being charged as adults, their names were withheld by authorities because of their ages. The three boys are being held without bail at Juvenile Hall.

Ortega is being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail at Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez. Rodriguez was in the process of being booked.

Police say the assailants, ranging in age from 15 to their early 20s, committed a “slew of crimes” against the girl, including raping her, beating her and stealing her jewelry.

The young men laughed and shot photos as they took turns assaulting the girl, police said.

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of any of the assailants.

The girl knew at least one of the assailants, the 15-year-old boy, investigators said.

About 200 students, teachers and community leaders rallied outside the campus after school Wednesday to condemn the rape and to say they wanted people to know the crime was not representative of their campus, despite the negative reputation of the crime-plagued city.

“I am devastated,” said senior Norma Bautista, her voice cracking with emotion. “I’m here because I want everybody in Arizona, in New York, everywhere they are, (to know) that we are not criminals. We are the future leaders. I see people call us animals. Why don’t you look at those of us who are trying to make a change?”

Most speakers blamed the rape at least in part on degrading, dehumanizing societal attitudes toward women.

Biology teacher Lorna McClellan said the problem of rape is not just confined to low-income cities with high crime rates, such as Richmond, and that she hoped community revulsion over the weekend attack will help spark societal change in the way some men view women.

“Women are portrayed on TV and in music as pieces of meat,” she said. “When are we going to take the challenge and step up and change this?”

This is where I will diverge with the tenor of the article.  When will people take personal responsibility for their actions and not blame it on outside stimuli?  I love rap music, violent video games, I watch copious amounts of porn,  but I am not out there trying to take box.  I loved my mother (r.i.p. ma dukes) and have normal relationships with women everywhere.  So, why didn’t I fall down that path?  I lived in Richmond, and went to school there and graduated from the K house, Kennedy HS.

Good Times at the K House, but where are the lights on the football field

How to help

Richmond High School is accepting cards and donations for the victim and her family. They can be mailed to the school at 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804-1011. Make checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund.

It’s clear that if you can, helping would be a good thing.  As the norm, they like all that jingles, but they prefer the kind that folds….

4 Responses to “Homecoming rape at Richmond High continues the negative stereotype of Richmond, California”

  1. tophatal said

    This whole thing was a terrible tragedy. But I can’t help but wonder what the hell the staff there were thinking to begin with. Why in hell’s name would you still allow the provided security to leave early prior to the end of the dance ?

    Now more likely than not the victim’s family not only has a clear cut civil action pending against the school board but quite possibly against the staff present as well.

    Dropped this piece on ESPN’s bone head Skip Bayless .

    Skip Bayless Says He’ll Get A Life Once LeBron James Wins An NBA Title ………

    In order to view just click on the link provided .

    Alan Parkins aka tophatal

  2. jerrybrice said

    I appreciate this article about this terrible rape.
    I added the donation information from your article to one I just posted.
    I hope it was okay, and I do think that some of my readers will support this cause.
    Thank you
    -Jerry Brice-
    http://jerrybrice.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/police-arrest-richmond-high-gang-rape-suspects-one-released-due-to-lack-of-evidence/

  3. girl du jour said

    I agree with you. They need to man up and take responsibility. At least one them turned themself in. That shows a tiny bit of responsibility.

    And then you have the mother of one of them threatening to sue the City of Richmond if her son is convicted. She is calling the arrest of her son “racist” because he is black.

    First of all it takes a hell of a lot of evidence to even arrest someone. Then, the boys are very diverse when it comes to ethnicity, including hispanics and whites. So you can’t cry racism here.

    Besides, I don’t think the City of Richmond has any money to sue for.

  4. guenivere said

    This still makes me sick to my stomach. I’ll preface this with the fact that it’s not been a very good day so far…Not that I support “an eye for an eye” but I wonder how these boys would have changed their actions if they knew that they would receive, in kind, the exact same treatment they showed to the girl…

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