Today on CNN Newsroom

The latest news and information from around the world. Also connect with CNN through social media. We want to hear from you.
November 1st, 2009
09:07 PM ET

Experts Weigh in on Gang Rape

There's still so much outrage over the apathy of onlookers during an alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside her high school's homecoming dance.

We brought together a panel of experts to weigh in.

Here's an excerpt.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Theron

    I think the witnesses may stay silent for fear of being harmed. It's a shame that people stood by and watched this go on for 2 hours. I didn't even know that it had occured that long. Someone could've and should've definitely went and called for help.The bystanders not calling for help speaks volumes. How can you stand there and watch this occur for 2 hours. I think they should be charged now, I didn't before, but watching something like that for 2 hours and not calling for help is inexcuseable. Who is raising these kids?Those bystanders are cold hearted as well as the attackers.It's a shame

    November 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  2. dennis linville

    It is sad the apathy or fear of these youth kept them from stopping this from happening but it is horrible the apathy displaid by the adults.Gangs and drugs are destroying our youth.not only the ones that are involved in them but the ones trying so hard to avoid them.Where is the adults ? instead of trying to remove the drugs and break up the gangs they are trying to leagalize drugs.
    Yes, this was a horrible crime and sad but one of many that goes on in our school system daily. But the real crime here is the total apathy of the adults letting these horrific crimes happen to our youth and trying to make things worse instead of better.

    November 2, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  3. Angel

    School authorities should be fired. They failed to do their job and in a Major way that is going to affect this young womans life Forever. She lived through this horrific crime, but part of her childhood was stolen and a part of her will never , ever be the same. Aduts have to protect the children they are intrusted with. This is why many of us do not trust the school system anymore.

    Why in the heck was a 21 year old even allowed on school grounds. Parents everywhere need to make sure that at every school event there is more than adequate supervision, even if it means they do the supervision, or stop these gatherings all together.

    As to the by standers, if it had been one of them who was threated, are you tellling me they wouldn't know how to run, and run for help. That is an innate respose. Come on...someone, anyone could have ran and told. As anyone looked at the possiblity of this being gang related? Some sort of an initiation? Sounds too well orchastrated a crime to me? If not, we all better start praying and teaching our children every day about right and wrong. We better start watching more closely what they watch, how woman are portrayed.

    November 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  4. dp22193

    Why can't they prosecute the bystanders with aiding and abetting or something along those lines? Since they didn't report it, they effectively aided in the conduct of the crime.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  5. dennis linville

    I follow CNN and many of the subjects we are allowed to post our imput and i have found a few things i would like to bring to light.
    a high percentage of posters to the gang rape blame drugs and gangs for not only the tragic situation but the apathy displaid by the other students but if you combine it with the leagalization of drugs thread, there are very few of us posting to oppose it.
    Where are the high profile people that show up in situations like this when it is a minority.Gov. Schwarznegger himself is out trying to leagalize drugs,taking yet another 50 billion dollars for the richest state in the country and accepting awards instead of addressing this horrible tragety that is happening in his state.
    After reading several hundred responses, I have seen everyone blamed possible except the ones truley responsable.Let us say for the moment that worst case(and i dont perscribe to any of this true or not becaue it is totally off point in my opinion) the father didnt watch his daughter properly,the victum did intend to go with her friend for drugs or sex or the ones watching felt it was a gang thing and or they didnt want to be subjected to the same thing or worse. My question is does any of this condone what happened? does it make it any less horrifying that this could happen in America much less to our youth in the school system ?
    Schwarznegger wants drugs leagal.Obama tells FBI not to inforce drug laws.All the while drugs and gangs are destroying our country and especially in our schools. How long are we as Americans going to allow our country to be violently destroyed by these criminals and voice an opinion but sit back and not demand this sort of thing doesnt happen anymore ? Is it too late ? maybe but tomorrow will be even later!

    November 3, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  6. Michelle

    This is by far the most disgusting display of teenage behavior that I have ever seen!! What is going on in our schools? What were the school officials and legal officers that were there that night doing that prevented them from doing their jobs for 2 hours while this poor girl was subjected to this.? Criminal charges need to be brought on the ADULTS that failed to protect this innocent girl from the brutality that will now haunt her forever. It was not that long ago that I was in high school and many of the students were bullies with no punishment for their action. This is just another clear case that the people that were put in charge of our children to hepl teach them not only education but morals, are worthless.

    November 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  7. Mark

    Apologists for these monsters cite the "bystander effect" based on the 1960's murder of Kitty Genovese when neighbours failed to respond to the victims desperate pleas for help. They didn't want to get involved. In this case, the "bystanders" actively participated in one way or another and over a prolonged period of time. They wanted to be involved. These monsters are all accomplices the crime of rape of a minor and physical assault and battery, and as such all of them should and must serve long prison terms. If we as a society shirk from our moral duty then we place all females in jeopardy and a permanent state of fear. It is unconscionable to allow these monsters to evade justice.

    November 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  8. Jenni

    Obviously, those who watched or knew it was going on and chose not to do anything with that knowledge are accessories. If they were able to report it or diffuse it without harm to themselves, they are under moral and legal obligation to do so.

    If they aren't under legal obligation to report such a thing in a reasonable and timely manner (immediately, in this case) there is something seriously wrong with our legal system.

    November 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  9. Larry Washington

    this is so depressing. those who stood by and watched should be charged with aiding and abbeting. they had all power to stop this from happening and they did nothing. for the police to let them go without being punished shows how inadequet our law enforcement and criminal justice system is. if they even let them go, how can we trust law enforcement to help any one of us? and do you think that the parents of those kids who stood and watched will do anything to their kids? i seriously doubt because i doubt those kids will say that they were there. i hope Jesus blesses the girl who did go anfd call the cops. she should go down in history and recieve a medal of honor!

    November 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  10. chell

    Listen people ,when you refuse biblicial teachings or just plain morals to be taught in the schools ,What on earth do you think is going to happen? These kids are growing up soul deprived and if schools don't intervene in injecting some measure of morals / values were all at their mercy.The word: (parents) these young people never heard of or understand. Drugs,porn,mtv,bet,etc are raising and running wild in the homes.These kids are mindless, walking dead zombies.What do you think they grow up to be?I'll tell you ,mindless,walking dead zombie adults that gang rape kids.Murder among kids are rising,sex crimes among kids are rising,just evil among kids is out of sight.LET'S REMEMBER THE VICTIM IS A CHILD,A 15 YEAR OLD KID.America ,we better repent and turn back to GOD,or were doomed to all our hearts desire (the good and the evil).

    November 7, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  11. Julia Mclean

    Gang Rape for two hours. Poor Girl. I hope they find the people on the videos. Only DNA evidence. After two hours I bet they had many different kinds of DNA. I hope they process everyone. There is a new book by Robert Parker about some Lawyer that was accused of gang raping a girl. They had video and wanted the kid to turn his buddys in. The book is great.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  12. A Korean Veteran

    rJosh: Thank you for your kind comments regarding Vetrans Day. Just a reminder you failed to mention the Korean War veterans. We are still here but as many have said, "The Forgotten War" Thank you John, Korean Veteran

    November 11, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  13. David Stokes

    Now you all know why many refer to the Korean War as the "Forgotten War" You quoted Veteran from World War ll. Viet-Nam, Not once you spoke of this War.

    November 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  14. Keith

    Thank you for recognizing our veterans who have served in WWII, Vietnam, and the Gulf. I noticed you did not thank all veterans that have served in “peace time.” A lot for these troops are put in harms way to extremes that match, or exceed sacrifices soldiers have made in any war or conflict.

    November 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  15. Bob Groton CT

    For Josh. You left out of your veterans data the Korean Vets.
    1/3 of my detachment were killed or captured by the Chinese, and I was in the US Coast Guard.

    November 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  16. David Stokes

    What about Korea

    November 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm |