Meme Garrido, 16, a participant in the YO! Youth Outlook media project, shares her views on the recent gang rape of a 15-year-old in Richmond, CA:

I have strong feelings about this whole rape incident. If I had witnessed the rape, I would have called the police and try to break it up but I would be scared in case they tried to do something to me…

I don't know why rape is high in Oakland, but I believe there is not enough watching going on or no one is taking caution.

I think those kids took pictures of the rape instead of helping because they were
probably scared to help the girl. They don't want to be considered a “snitch.” I feel sorry for the girl. It's wrong what these boys did.

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This youth perspective on the recent Richmond, CA gang rape is part of a series produced by Youth Outlook, a project of New America Media. This work was originally published Oct. 29, 2009. Republished and reformatted as a series on Oakland Local with permission.