A disturbing report has come out of San Diego in the wake of Comic-Con. Early Sunday morning, a 17-year-old girl was attacked, sexually assaulted, severely beaten, and left unconscious on the side of a road. The teen was a participant at Comic-Con and, according to one report, was dressed as a “Roger Rabbit” character. She had been out with friends on Saturday night, but had left the group following a disagreement.
One report said the victim is in ICU with a brain bleed. Another report said she is steadily recovering. A 29-year-old suspect has been taken into custody.
Having just yesterday posted a blog concerning Comic-Con and the bad behavior of some of its participants, the Captain pondered whether that blog should remain up or not out of respect for the victim. After some deliberation, we have decided to leave it up. The message seems clear: No means no.
What happened early Sunday morning in San Diego was not simply “bad behavior”. It was not about catcalls or surreptitious photos or even groping a voluptuous female. It was not about racing teenage hormones or indulging some comic book fantasy.
IT WAS RAPE! - an intentional act of violence perpetrated against a teenage girl. For such there is no excuse.
The Captain encourages all his readers to pray for the young woman’s full recovery – although I don’t know how one recovers mentally and emotionally from such violence.
And should the suspect prove to be the perpetrator, may he be subjected to the full force of law.
And perhaps a good public flogging…