Gravette teens accused of raping 14-year-old girl Monday night

Nov 10, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Herald-Leader

Three Gravette teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of raping an intoxicated 14-year-old girl. via Herald-Leader

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notblind1

United States

#1 Nov 13, 2007
Three TEEN ATHLETES accused of raping, EIGHT men and teens involved, total. A fourteen year old child was enticed, fed alcohol, molested and raped. The monsters responsible are out on bail. The other monsters have yet to be determined. The ATHLETES accused are back in school. Gravette schools will kick a child out of school for defending himself against bullies, but not for the raping of an innocent CHILD. WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW OVER THERE. Some of those involved have admitted involvement, this is not about "protecting rights". This is about rape, and it is rape in our hometown, by our boys, on our girls.
Kathy Spiers

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2007
I have a daughter that attends school at Gravette, and she tells me about the "public affection" that goes on in the halls, etc. It may not seem related, but I would like to see that taken care of.
I also think that we have a double standard here. Those men and boys?? need to be put in jail.
Jeana

Fayetteville, AR

#3 Nov 14, 2007
I think that these parents need to WAKE UP and not let their children go to these parties and drink and do drugs. GET A HANDLE ON YOUR CHILDREN & STUDENTS!!
These children roam the streets at all hours.. and go to these parties.. WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS?!
A 14 year old has been raped..what is a 14 year old little child doing at a party where there are drugs and alcohol?! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!
incredulous

Fayetteville, AR

#4 Nov 15, 2007
Please allow the police to investigate. I thought that in this country we were innocent until proven guilty. This young woman was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe her mother should keep a better eye on her, but that do not necessarily mean she was raped. Gravette children start sexual relationships incredibly early, due to a blind eye by the adults of the community. The sex could have been consentual. Don't hang the boys by the neck until the facts are in!!!
Knows more than you

Bella Vista, AR

#5 Nov 15, 2007
I attend Gravette High, and am friends with one of the accused. What the public does not know is who actually did what and now three young men have their lives thrown away. I know for a fact that one of these kids was at the party but had nothing to do with this rape and now he is being tried and convicted.
backoff

Columbia, MO

#6 Nov 15, 2007
I'm personaly a friend to the young girl who was raped, i recently moved so i didn't find out about it for a while. But what i do kno is that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time but that does not excuse what those guys did to her! And to incedulous! THEY FREAKING ALREADY ADMITTED TO DOING IT!! THEY ARE GUILTY IN EVERY WAY! don't sit there and try to be all "let's abide by the law."! ANd i garenty that she did not consent to it! This young lady would not do that i kno this for a fact! And plz don't be all up in gravettes face that we start having sex to early got it! I lived in gravette for 6 years i'm still a virgin to this day now yes i know that some of my friends are sexualy active but all in all our school is a lot better than most! I garenty u that there are a hck of a lot more kids in fayetteveille that are sexualy active so don't give me this i'm higher than tho crap! And to notblind1 i totaly agree with u this is one of my friends and if i could i'd beat every single one of those guys for what they did to her!
its all over now

Bentonville, AR

#7 Nov 16, 2007
I'm not a student at Gravette, I don't know anybody there, I seriously, don't think I even know where it's located, must be a tiny little town... but I do know the law. It really doesn't matter if this girl had consented or not, there is no law against a 14 year old, girl or boy, consenting to sexual acts, that’s the parenting problem. But it is against for somebody of a legal age to par-take in the act. Now these 18 year old boys, or should I say Men (as the courts will see it) they are guilty, just as "backoff" said, they admitted it. Case Closed
After reading the story, I really doubt this little girl was that innocent. I am sure she had been to parties before (just a speculation) Her parents are responsible for her actions, her parents were responsible for her the night of the party, I hate to make a judgment call on this child’s parents but it's pretty obvious they don't keep a good eye on there daughter. How sad that it took something this tragic before they realize there daughter was running the streets of Gravette, going to parties where there is alcohol and drugs.
Which brings up another question, where was the parents of the 17 year old boy? Is alcohol served to all the Gravette students at this house? What's up that all these kids were at a house where alcohol was being served, drugs being used (according to the paper) and not one single parent in this small town knew about it. Hmmm maybe small towns aren't what they use to be.
Aunt Cindy

United States

#8 Nov 29, 2007
I have a niece one year younger that goes to Gravette Schools. I would like to think that she is safe where she is at but the department of human services ripped her apart from our whole family and now who knows if she is in a safe place. I miss both my nieces terribly and it scares me to death to think that they may be running with this horrible crowd.
Mother

United States

#9 Dec 7, 2007
Oh my, this world is full of stupid people with stupid opinions.
sister

United States

#10 Dec 14, 2007
Ok by the way the only one that admitted to having sexual contact with that girl was the 17 year old. Also if she was your friend you would know that it was consentual. She was engaging in oral and sexual acts with those boys and not all of the boys there wanted to do anything with her. I know of 2 boys that were at the part and one of which she climbed on top of naked and tried to suduce him in which he did not intake in sexual activites with her. But that does not excuss the fact that she was under the influence. Which i am sure it altered her mind but no one pored it down her throat and made her drink it. So like it says in the law they are inocent until proven guilty. It was not Rape. If you ask anyone who attends that school they will tell you she was just after attention well she got it alright i guess in the wrong way.But she should have never put herself in that situation she knew when she called to be picked up there was achoul at the party and they were all guys at the party. Your tellin me that u would go to a party where u were the only female well i sure wouldnt. Enough is enough these boys have there whole lives to live and do something with them i dont think having sex with this girl should ruin there lives. And they have only charged 3 men / boys with the rape and the police dept has statement in which she stated to many student later that it was consentual.
ray

United States

#11 Dec 17, 2007
Sister, if you know it all then you should be a judge and figure it all out. You think you KNOW the answers when your mouth is just full of crap!!
alady

Mount Pleasant, TX

#12 Dec 17, 2007
incredulous wrote:
Please allow the police to investigate. I thought that in this country we were innocent until proven guilty. This young woman was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe her mother should keep a better eye on her, but that do not necessarily mean she was raped. Gravette children start sexual relationships incredibly early, due to a blind eye by the adults of the community. The sex could have been consentual. Don't hang the boys by the neck until the facts are in!!!
i agree completely!!
Connected

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Dec 21, 2007
"Sister"- Wow, what little you really do know...and to post a comment like this for the world to see is really something you should be ashamed of! You were not actually an attendee of this party and saying the things you just said are completely uncalled for and elementary. If you are going to make a comment about things, get the facts "Sister". Like all the others said, let the investigation do the speaking and you should just keep your false opinions to yourself! By the way, you make yourself sound exactly what I am sure your age is when you write things like this---very immature and very nasty.
sister wrote:
Ok by the way the only one that admitted to having sexual contact with that girl was the 17 year old. Also if she was your friend you would know that it was consentual. She was engaging in oral and sexual acts with those boys and not all of the boys there wanted to do anything with her. I know of 2 boys that were at the part and one of which she climbed on top of naked and tried to suduce him in which he did not intake in sexual activites with her. But that does not excuss the fact that she was under the influence. Which i am sure it altered her mind but no one pored it down her throat and made her drink it. So like it says in the law they are inocent until proven guilty. It was not Rape. If you ask anyone who attends that school they will tell you she was just after attention well she got it alright i guess in the wrong way.But she should have never put herself in that situation she knew when she called to be picked up there was achoul at the party and they were all guys at the party. Your tellin me that u would go to a party where u were the only female well i sure wouldnt. Enough is enough these boys have there whole lives to live and do something with them i dont think having sex with this girl should ruin there lives. And they have only charged 3 men / boys with the rape and the police dept has statement in which she stated to many student later that it was consentual.
Connected

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Dec 21, 2007
"Sister"- Wow, what little you really do know...and to post a comment like this for the world to see is really something you should be ashamed of! You were not actually an attendee of this party and saying the things you just said are completely uncalled for and elementary. If you are going to make a comment about things, get the facts "Sister". Like all the others said, let the investigation do the speaking and you should just keep your false opinions to yourself! By the way, you make yourself sound exactly what I am sure your age is when you write things like this---very immature and very nasty.

Since: May 07

Korea

#15 Dec 22, 2007
Connected wrote:
"Sister"- Wow, what little you really do know...and to post a comment like this for the world to see is really something you should be ashamed of! You were not actually an attendee of this party and saying the things you just said are completely uncalled for and elementary. If you are going to make a comment about things, get the facts "Sister". Like all the others said, let the investigation do the speaking and you should just keep your false opinions to yourself! By the way, you make yourself sound exactly what I am sure your age is when you write things like this---very immature and very nasty.
Connected -
What exactly is a "false opinion"? An opinion is is exactly that, a view, a judgment, a belief, something to which every person on this earth is entitled. By the way, when you say things like "false opinions" (whatever the hell that is) you make yourself sound exactly I know you to be...an ignorant jackass! Thats my "true opinion" if there is such a thing, and by reading your moronic post, apparently there is.
Why not mediate

UK

#16 Jan 9, 2008
I see cases settled out of court all over the world. It appears as though everyone might benefit from an out of court agreement.

Since: Jul 07

United States

#17 Jan 16, 2008
Crazy
Nada

Bentonville, AR

#18 Jan 23, 2008
I'm actually from Gravette, Ak and live just right down the same street the Gravette High is on. It was really big news here in our little town. In fact, some of the teachers down at the middle school were in so much shock that this "nice and innocent" girl that they've known through the years there have been raped - some of them put the "angry face" on and when we tried to tell them they're pinning their anger on us they become "defensive" and say they weren't. Everyone here was affected emotionally by this.
I don't know her personally, but practically every child here knows her - they moarn over her rape just as it were a death. Truth is down here in Gravette - There ARE constant late goers at night - but not seen around on streets, there ARE lots of parties, there ARE shows of affetction at school (it makes me sick - I can't get to my next class because these bodies making out are blocking my way in the halls).
Ok to the story, from the rumors spreading from my town -
Majority: "She" was the one who went to the party and "chose" to drink. Not confirmed if the boys were heavily drunk at the time.
There are also two sides to this story - 1)She was drunk on her own free will and allowed them to rape her (even though she didn't know because she was too drunk) and she seduced them while she was drunk. 2)She got drunk on her own free will at the party and the boys dragged her into a room and raped her while she tried to struggle.
Now to reality here people - Don't be shocked - There are LOTS of girls starting at age 13 on up that are already going out and seducing boys left and right. So there is a VERY BIG percent chance that she seduced them because of basically every girl here at "13" and "14" already have boyfriends. Personally, I wouldn't be shocked if some kids here already got pregnant.
does not matter who I am

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jan 24, 2008
Rape of a Gravette Arkanas 14 year old
with 4-5 or more men/boys
Some Facts: to review
1. Age of getting a drivers license: most states, permit at 15, license at 16.
2. Age of legally voting: 18 years
3. Age of legally drinking: it was 18 in some states until the early 80’s, currently now it’s 21 in my state, because of not proper judgment, and liquor taxes…among a few other un-mentioned reasons.
4. Good Parents know everything their children do?:(this is also for NON-minors) This is not necessary a study I did, nor do I have the numbers so I guess this would be speculation; You find me a good parent that thinks they knows everything bad, their child did as a minor, and I’m sure at lease 75% of them parents did not know everything. Scary society we live in.
As stated in a few commons:
Assumption with review on my part;
1. Because a 14 year old girl is willing to go to a party, and drink. Then with 4-5 and possibly more boys/men, consider that having sex with her this is “okay”, when she drunk, and happy. Everyone should have their way with her?
2. Assuming the boys/men were bought up in a very loving and “Good Parent” home and these are the morals that are consider “Okay”. Or perhaps we can refer to Number 4 above.
Because I do not know all the details (I certainly wasn’t there, I had “Good Parents”), as most of us here are standing towards one side in this debate, I can only say that;
I have both a son and daughter:
If this was my daughter, I would more look at the immatureness of her actions, and the damage this may cause to her going forward, and remedy the situation, with the law, counseling, and love.
If this was my son, I would also look at the immatureness of his actions, the damage this may cause to him going forward, remedy the situation, with the law, counseling and love. I for one have a very hard time with believing that the magically number 18 makes one to have the worldly common sense as those of us as parents do….(even still us as parents don’t always have the common sense to figured out simple things).
What I’m trying to say here, this is effecting both sides, and both families are hurting, and the law will be the law here, and both sides will wish for the best for their children. However to throw stones at each other, only shows the support for our children in a negative light, there was several wrong decision here, and no one wins.
Mom of boys

United States

#20 Jan 25, 2008
Everyone has an opinion and none remotely make a difference! Including mine. Whether it's Gravette, Decatur, Gentry, LA, NY, St. Paul, OKC, etc. IF a girl that is 14 is so drunk she can't think reasonably, and boys (in this case 17 and 18 yr olds)take turns with her, THAT'S RAPE. Whether she seduced them individually or as a group, that night or weeks prior, for them to take turns is RAPE. It doesn't matter how you dice it up. She can be the town tramp but she is only 14 and the boys made a choice - under the influence or not, they took turns doing unthinkable things to her and that is RAPE anywhere in this world ----- even Gravette.

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