April 2, 2010


TRENTON, N.J. – It started with a party invitation to a 15-year-old girl from some young men she knew. She took her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment down the street from their home near the New Jersey Statehouse, where the girls had been hanging around outside on a Sunday afternoon. For the younger girl, police say it quickly descended into a horrifying ordeal in which she was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched, but got paid by those who did it.
Sometimes something happens that leaves you speechless. Where words are no longer capable of expressing that feeling that you have, looking into the abyss. And I have reached that point today, reading this story by the AP.

A 15-year-old girl sells her little sister to be raped.

What can you say? What can anybody say about this? How can you sell your own sister (and before somebody points out that it was the step-sister... you best be very quiet now)? How can you give a child to a group of men...

(and how can men, real men, I mean, even consider doing this to a little girl?)

... a child who you grew up with, who is part of your family, who you should protect? How dehumanised do you have to be to even think about this, let alone do it and watch?

This is one of those days when I feel so tired, so very tired.

This is one of those days when I despair.