[EDEQUITY] Safety of girls at school

From: Linda Purrington (lpurring@earthlink.net)
Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 10:30:58 EST

Calif. girl assaulted by boys

    BERKELEY, Calif.11-08-2000 (AP) - A 12-year-old developmentally
    disabled girl was grabbed, beaten and sexually assaulted
    by nine boys after school, police said. The suspects, ages
    11 to 16, allegedly grabbed the girl on school grounds
    Oct. 25. All but two of the suspects attend the middle
    school where the girl takes special education classes. The
    boys first slapped and kicked her, police said Tuesday.
    They then took her to 11 different locations, including
    bushes and a shed, and allegedly took turns assaulting
    her. "After a while she just kind of went with them,"
    police Lt. Russell Lopes told the Contra Costa Times. "She
    didn't know any better." Seven of the boys were arrested
    during a two-week investigation into the attack. Police
    are searching for two more suspects. Charges are expected
    to include rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual
    battery. Police said the girl kept the secret for two days
    until her mother got her to talk. The news comes one week
    after news that a developmentally disabled 13-year-old
    girl in Marietta, Ga., was lured into an apartment
    building and raped by more than 20 men and boys.

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