The New York Times, which received criticism over its coverage of a Cleveland, Tx., girl, 11, who was repeatedly gang-raped last year, has published a front-page follow-up story on the case. Police say the girl was raped at least six times. Nineteen boys and men, ages 14 to 27, have been charged.
The Times says that court documents and dozens of interviews with the girl's family, her friends and neighbors, as well as those who know the defendants, “provide a more complete picture of what occurred as well as a deeper portrait of the victim.” The case have raises questions about how a girl might have been repeatedly abused by many men and boys in a tightly knit community without any adult intervening until sexually explicit videos of the victim began circulating in local schools. A local pastor says, “You can be awake and see things and still not do anything.”