November 3, 2007

Protecting Black Women From Rape * Dunbar Village Gang Rape Update

Drumbeats from African American Opinion and What About Our Daughters keep us informed on the progress of the Dunbar Village case. As a result, the Electronic Village joins others in The AfroSpear in blogging for justice on the subject of Protecting Black Women (and their families) From Rape.

Four males — ages 14, 15, 16 and 18 — have been charged as adults in a 14-count indictment that could send all of them to prison for life. Defense attorneys have argued that the victims failed to identify the same suspects from photo lineups and that they identified fillers — people not involved in the case — as perpetrators. In some instances they identified different people as the same person.

Hoping to steal money and jewelry, Avion Lawson, 14, said he and someone else wore masks when they entered the 35-year-old woman's apartment that night, according to the documents. Once inside, Lawson said, he and his accomplice, whose name is blacked out on the report, encountered the woman in bed with three other masked males around her. Lawson told police he sexually assaulted her and stole two video games and a truck.

The victim returned home from her job delivering phone books about 9 p.m. the night of the attack, according to her statement to police. While fixing her son something to eat, a young male with braids knocked on her door to tell her the tires on her truck were flat. Once outside, she said, she saw a male with a large gun and two others armed with guns. They wore black clothing over their faces, she said, and ordered her back into the apartment, where they demanded money.

After being told there was no money, the attackers tore off the woman's clothes and raped her until five others arrived, according to the documents. The new arrivals took turns having sex with her and then sodomized her. The mother was then ordered into a tub filled with vinegar and water where they used hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia on her. At gunpoint, the assailants forced the mother and son to have sex.

Throughout the attack, the victims suffered beatings, including having a bowl and light bulbs smashed over their heads. The encounter was recorded on a cell phone camera, according to the mother.

Before leaving, the males looked for a lighter to set the two on fire but couldn't find one, she told police. They ordered the pair to stay in the tub and took off. About 30 minutes later one of the males returned to sexually assault the mother one last time. Before leaving, he scribbled a man's name and 6-CO, a gang, on a piece of paper and told the woman he hangs out on Sixth Street and that's where he could be found. He grabbed a Sony PlayStation 2 before fleeing.
Click here to read more about this case.

How To Help:
St. Ann's Catholic Church will accept donations on behalf of the family. Checks can be made payable to the Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann's. The address is: St. Ann's Catholic Church 310 N. Olive Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

You can also call the church at (561) 832-3757.

Other ways to help: Blog About the incident to bring public attention to the horrors of rape of a Black women and her child by Black boys and a Black man. Discuss how these types of incidents although reported to police are not taken seriously when reported to police.

Villagers, what say u?


T. S. Snowden said...

This is so astounding to me as a black female. The pervasive unspoken but much held idea of the black female as un-rape-able and in most cases hyper-sexual(a lovely parting gift from slavery when the rape of the black female was negated by the assumption that there was some inherent sexual taint within her, not to mention that supposed lack of a soul). Fast forward to modern day---When black females come forward with allegations of rape it seems that the knee jerk reaction is to examine how she might have mis-interpreted the situation or worse yet may have somehow caused it. Only when the cases are extreme is there any semblance of action on the part of the public or even the authorities. This will not be the last time I discuss this! That is for sure. Thanks for the post.

Unknown said...

very sickening. it hurts just to hear what happened.

Unknown said...

Femigog - I appreciate your comments. November 1st is designated by The AfroSpear as a Day of Blogging for Justice: Protecting Black Women (and Families) from Rape.

Brother Omi - Thank you for sharing your village voice. I hope you come back often!

Anonymous said...

oh, that is the ultimate scare yes!!!! Very good of you to take that up here! Makes me real sick to read about those kind of things. I can never ever understand how it can be. I want to believe though that is going to change, but I'm sorry to say that I've little hope....

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Shelia said...

I actually read this yesterday Villager and I couldn't even comment. These atrocities are heart breaking, so much so that they are easy to turn away from because they are so awful. Thank you for not letting us turn away, and for keeping the issue in the forefront so that we do stay mindful of it and do what we can to help resolve it.

Unknown said...

Shelia - It is a very rough story to read about. The woman that was gang-raped moved her son out of Dunbar Village and is trying to maintain her privacy. I appreciate your village voice.

Capt. Lifecruiser - Thank you for visiting posts outside of Wordless Wednesday this week. I appreciate the invitation to your Halloween party.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Community. How can we establish a sense of community in people who live together so that when things like this begin to ocurr there are people close by who will respond?
I believe that community is contagious and the stronger it gets, the less likely there are to be people who will perpetrate such horrors.
Communities also foster hope by giving support and help to those who feel alone and hopeless.