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13-year-old called ‘whore’ after Connecticut football players charged with sexual assault

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:22 EDT
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Torrington High School football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio (Twitter)
 
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The 13-year-old victim of an alleged sexual assault has been called a “whore” and bullied by athletes and students after two Connecticut football players were charged for the crime.

The Register Citizen on Wednesday reported that Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, both 18, had been arrested on charges of felony second-degree sexual assault and other crimes.

School officials told the paper that the incident was not an indication of deeper problems within the school’s culture.

“If you look at crime statistics these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community,” Torrington High School Athletic Director Mike McKenna said.

But The Register Citizen found evidence on social media that “dozens” of athletes and students had antagonized the girl, accusing her of “ruining the lives” of the football players.

“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” one student tweeted.

“You destroyed two people’s life,” another wrote.

One person posted a screen grab of an SMS message: “U should shout out the 8th grade hoes from torrington fucking juniors & seniors.”

“Idk what’ more sad,” the person wrote on Twitter. “The young ass hoes or the creeps fuckin these young ass hoes! Shouts out to Torrington CT!”

The sexual assault charges follow a string of recent incidents involving the Torrington football team. Four players were suspended last year in connection with a hazing scandal. And Gonzalez, the team’s second-highest scorer, was allowed to continue playing even after being charged with felony robbery and assault.

Former Head Coach Dan Dunaj defended his decision to allow Gonzalez to continue playing, saying that he “reeled the kid in after that, and he walked the line.”

“As a coach, I was doing something right,” Dunaj said. “[I]f you didn’t give the kid a chance then who’s going to?”

The revelations in Torrington come after town of Steubenville, Ohio had been criticized for having a “rape culture” that led to two high school football players being recently found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

[Photo: Twitter/Joan Toribio]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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