After learning of the Jena 6 I was feeling a lot of things…outrage, disappointment, amazement. I’ve been reading as much as possible about the case, most information is online…I haven’t seen any TV news coverage, there’s been some print. However, my feelings about that case now have been trumped by the disgust regarding the Dunbar Village Gang Rape in West Palm Beach, FL. I know I’m late writing about this crime, but better late then never. The Washington Post did a piece on Aug 17, so that was a candle in the dark (I’m in DC so I looked there first). Other papers are just stepping up, local TV in Florida. What About Our Daughters has taken the lead on exposing and holding the media accountable on – Click here for their coverage.
Here are the basics of the story from Black America Web:
“The incident occurred at a public housing project called Dunbar Village in West Palm Beach, Florida.“After dark on June 18, the police say, as many as 10 armed assailants repeatedly raped a Haitian immigrant in her apartment complex at Dunbar Village … They took cell phone pictures of their acts. They burned the woman’s skin and (her 12-year-old son’s) eyes with cleaning fluid, forced them to lie naked together in the bathtub, hit them with a broom and a gun and threatened to set them on fire.”
As despicable as that sounds, it wasn’t the worst of it. The worst of it was when these vermin, according to Times writer Amy Goodnough, “forc(ed) (the woman) to perform oral sex on her 12-year-old son.”
If you’re wondering why the traditional gaggle of black misleaders didn’t dash before the nearest television cameras to condemn what might well hold up as the worst black-on-black crime of the decade, don’t bother. You already know the answer.”
Here is some additional information:
- Untold details of horror unfold in new report on Dunbar attack – Aug 22, 2007 Palm Beach Post
- Fund established to help Dunbar rape victim – WPTV.com
- Boyfriend of Dunbar gang rape victim speaks out – Sun-Sentinel “The victim of a reported gang rape is working hard to deal with what happened, but her 12-year-old son is not faring quite as well, according to the woman’s boyfriend. “She goes to counseling with the little boy,” the 36-year-old said. “The boy, he’s still grieving. He cannot accept that he had sex with his mama. Nobody can talk to him. He feels like nobody loves him. I don’t think there’s no way that little boy is ever going to forget that.””
The video below talks about the rape, and notes that 2 other women (a teen and a 42 year old woman) were also raped in the Dunbar Village Housing Project with in a month’s time. Please do what you can…the video lists contact numbers for West Palm Beach officials and leadership.