Amanze Emenike, 20, 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:

Rape is messed up. I feel for that girl. I don't wish rape upon anyone. I will say that she shouldn't have been drunk at night in the Richmond. She was a little responsible for what happened to her.

I think boys rape girls because they aren't getting anything (sexually) and they feel powerful upon raping someone and getting away with it…

As for the people who watched this rape go down in Richmond, they are in the wrong. You must really not give a shit about someone to not help he or she out at all. To me, it's not snitching if you stop an incident right then and there. If I had seen the girl getting raped, I would have at least tried to stop the incident myself.

As far as the pictures that were taken, folks who snapped the shots are the foolish ones because who knows where these pictures will end up, especially if they circulate on the Internet. These bystanders won't get the last laugh.




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.