“Marie” Clark, 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:

My mom is a rape victim and I am the result of it.

Some people call me a “rape baby.” But I know I'm not because my mom calls me the miracle that saved her life because after she was raped, she wanted to die but she found out that she was pregnant. She gave birth to me and took one look and decided to keep me.

If I was there and I witnessed the Richmond rape, I would have immediately called the police and then tried to stop the boys from raping that girl.

I do not like or approve of rape. I believe that it is disgusting and that you shouldn't take someone's free will away…

Rape is a very big deal to me because I have friends and family who have been through it and it was hard for them to get over it. I believe that people who rape don't realize the consequences of their actions.

It's been twenty years since I was born, and my mom hasn't completely healed from being raped. But she did move on with her life and not let it bring her down.

I have never been raped but I have experienced some pretty bad things in my life, and I have been violated. I have also witnessed the same type of things happen to my sisters.

I don't know what would change the rape count in Oakland, but maybe we need to watch more, be more responsible if we see things happen, and know where our kids are. Don't forget to get all the information about parties they are going to, and let kids know that it's only for their




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.