But, sadly, infuriatingly, it does. It’s hardly news. (There were 90,000 rapes in America in 2008. Did you read 90,000 news stories?)
A 15-year-old Chicago girl walking to her high school in pre-dawn darkness was hit on the head, dragged between two houses to a yard and raped, police said, with the assault taking place just a half block away from one of the city’s “Safe Passage” school routes especially for students.
The incident put another spotlight on the city’s problem with violence. Just this fall, local officials pledged that an expanded Safe Passages program — with its big yellow signs above sidewalks patrolled during key times by paid, trained workers — would be a sanctuary for children walking to and from school.
Local authorities noted, however, that the 15-year-old victim was walking to school Tuesday morning a half hour before her nearby Safe Passage route was staffed with patrols.
The girl was in serious condition Thursday in a hospital.
A resident found the girl half-naked and bleeding from the head on a snowy walkway on the side of his home. She lay for about two hours in the cold before she was discovered. She was conscious but barely moving when she was found, authorities said.
“Everybody is scared. It can happen to any of our kids, so everybody is worried,” Ada Cambron, a parent, said Thursday. “In the morning, you never see police walking around and stuff like that.”
When told that police officers were patrolling the Safe Passages on foot on Thursday, Cambron acknowledged the police presence but noted it took the rape of a student to prompt the patrol.
“It shouldn’t be that way,” she said.
No, it shouldn’t. But the bloody, unconscious 15-year-old girl says otherwise.
Another parent, Sharon Rafael, said she liked the program but was skeptical of its monitoring as she stood outside a school with her small daughter and held a pink “Pretty Princess Puzzles” book.
“I think it works, but it just needs a little bit more security on it,” Rafael said. “Like, OK, you can patrol it right now, but later on, like in a few weeks, they’ll forget about it. And they won’t be around anymore.”
Ariel Reboyras, the alderman representing the area where the assault occurred, defended the Safe Passage program. The student rape occurred about 6 a.m. when it was still dark outside.
“We can’t say it was a result of a problem with Safe Passage, but we know that it’s not supposed to happen,” the alderman said.
Again, it’s not—yet it did. So, what are you going to do about it?
Government makes promises to people it is in no position to keep. From “you can keep your health plan” to “your 15-year-old daughter is safe”. The title Patient Protection Affordable Care Act is more riddled with lies than the title Safe Passage, but which outcome is worse?
My point: don’t trust the government to keep your daughters safe in pre-dawn, crime-plagued Chicago. Don’t trust the government to keep you healthy and safe. Walk your daughter to school. Vote Republican.
If you look like Ethan Krupp, you’ll be okay:
But if you’re the lovely (and late) Hadiya Pendleton, not so much: