Rape Is Still Rape (Warning Adult Content)

United States
March 2, 2013 8:51pm CST
I was going through my emails and was shocked to see this email (email from Care2Petition). A mentally challenged girl was raped at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont,N.Y. last year. She was the only female in a class of 14. My concern is where was the staff of this school to let this go on? Now I worked with mentally challenged adults and the ratio for staffing was 1-2 staff for every 4-5 individuals. The article also says (which you can read here www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/13/martin-de-porres-rape-mentally-challenged-girl_n_2467561.html that this sin't the first time that rapes have taken place at this school. Since I've worked with mentally challenged people I can see where this is very damaging to some one who is mentally challenged. I'm not saying that it is any worse for a person of higher I.Q., because it isn't, rape is rape no matter what your I.Q. is. But I have seen first hand how some one that is mentally challenged and then is raped by staff (or peers) how devastating it can be,because they think they are safe where they are at. It also escalates their handicap and even brings on more.
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@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
3 Mar 13
I agree completely, and why are they still open if this has hapepned in the past. I would not put my children in this school after hearing this. You are right these kids will know and remember it for years or even the rest o their lives. Something like this never goes away, I remember a girl I went to high school with who was mentally challenged and her ather abused her real young, and even at 28 (still in high school), she always talked about it.
• Malaysia
3 Mar 13
what hell is happen now? rape again on the mind challenge girl? this is horrible, i want to get him to justice and get the punishment he should get it
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
Again to hear this kind of news makes my blood rise up. Yes you are right rape is rape in any angle. The problem is how to protect girls in times of trouble. This kind of horrible action always happen all over the world. Only prayer can do a lot of things to lessen this kind of evil doings. I don't really understand why those men do this things to all weak victims. What desire they have in their bodies to rape women. All i can say is have an extra careful in and out but the reality shouts anywhere there are bad and evil doers. Lets just pray and always pray....
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
3 Mar 13
you are absolutely right. Now I have a friend who was a nurse's aid and not mentally challenged she was raped during her shift. This occurred over 10 years ago and she is still experiencing the trauma, she can no longer work she is afraid of people.
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
3 Mar 13
Rape is rape no matter what your IQ is. I doubt it's worser for someone with a handicap. People with a high IQ will think way more and all this thinking (driving crazy) will break them down as well, it will escalate their health also very fast (I worked with raped people, male and female). I Always wonder where "the rest" is if things like this happen (in Catholic church, at schools, football clubs, hospitals, swimming pools, etc etc). And more I find it unbelieveable this frequently happens since years! How can that be?
@anuraa32 (2453)
• India
3 Mar 13
It almost feels that rapes have increase over the past couple of months. Mentally chanllenged girls being raped in a home set up for them, where they are supposed to be safe is even more horrifying. We too are struggling to come to terms with cases where three year old girl was raped and murdered while a seven year old was raped in a school by a group of employees of the school amongst whom was one of her own teachers. It is just too devasting. It seems all over the world the people have become violent and insensitive.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Mar 13
That is horrible. Why did this go on? If someone is mentally retarded (I do not like the term challenged because it assumes the girls if they work hard can make their minds more intelligent whereas it may not and does not happen), they need more protection. Because they may have the mind of a six year old and in that case, they really do not understand. And even if they have the mind of a ten or twelve years old, they may assume the creep really loves them. So they have to be protected. I hope the law looks into this. Rape is a terrible thing and especially for girls such as the one described. It must have been terrible for her and I hope that there is a thorough investigation to see that whoever did this is punished.
@Qudraxis (22)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 13
This case often happens world-widely, and in my opinion the only way to overcome this is by enforcing the law.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
Poor kid! Aren't there any safe place anymore? How could people even think of doing such a thing to a person with such condition? Offenders should be sentenced twice for this kind of case!
• United States
3 Mar 13
This beyond horrendous. Things like this do happen. I think there isn't enough staff. My godchild is 26 and she can't walk on her own and she can't talk at all. When she was in special classes at school there was one of the mentally challenged boys with his hand inside her clothes molesting her. He was caught and separated from the girl, but what might he have done if he wasn't caught by staff? The girl is wheelchair bound and stays with her mom all the time because she has gone beyond the age to go to school. It's sad in a way because even if she couldn't communicate I think she enjoyed being around someone other than family.
@chiyosan (29389)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
This isn't the first time I heard about a mentally challenged person being raped by someone that should care for them instead. I do agree that rape is rape no matter what and it can be traumatic for any woman who had got to go through their life due to this. Rapist really should be kept out of the society. It is not safe for people to live with them because it is not safe especially for the girls and women.
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
3 Mar 13
that horrible to hear. i wonder if the staff is doing some of this abusing. you know that goes on all the time, too.