Montgomery County Police said Friday that it happened Thursday morning at Rockville High School. Police say the girl was walking in a hallway when she met the teens. Police say 17-year-old Jose Montano asked the girl to walk with them and to have sex, but she refused. Police say he asked her again, then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and into a stall, where he and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez raped her.
One of the suspects, Henry Sanchez, may be in the U.S. illegally, and that's where conservatives come in. Sheriff David Clarke called the two alleged rapists "subhuman," and Fox's article covering Clarke's appearance on Sean Hannity's program claims both rapists are undocumented, which is false. Sean Spicer told reporters during a press briefing:
I think part of the reason the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this. Immigration pays its toll on our people if it’s done — if it’s not done legally. And this is another example, and it’s why the president is so passionate about this.
What is truly fascinating about this is how conservatives suddenly care about a rape victim. In the past, between electing a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, to the numerous male conservatives who have said some of the most offensive things possible about rape, conservatives have made it pretty clear they don't respect rape victims.
Here are some quotes, from conservatives, on rape:
Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, relax and enjoy it. (Texas oilman Clayton Williams)
If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that thing down. (Todd Akin)
Rape victims should make the best of a bad situation. (Rick Santorum)
Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen. (Richard Mourdock)
In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out. (Jodi Laubenberg)
If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death. (Lawrence Lockman)
Perhaps you recall George Will's column a few years ago, where he wrote:
Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.
A coveted status. Oh, and he uses scare quotes:
Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.
Rape is like the weather, it's God's will, it might not be legitimate rape, rape kits cause abortions, men should have the right to rape women, and rape victims attain a coveted status. That's what we're accustomed to from the right wing. This sudden concern for a rape victim's well being is confusing, unless, of course, conservatives are politicizing the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
When two young men who have Hispanic names, one of whom might be undocumented, rape a 14-year-old girl, conservatives care. But not about the girl. They care about using her trauma, the violence perpetrated upon her body, to further an agenda, and as red meat to their racist, xenophobic base.
Here's a news flash: Rapists rape. It doesn't matter what color their skin is, or where they were born, or how they vote. Rapists rape. And if conservatives really cared about rape, they would promise on a stack of bibles to keep funding the Violence Against Women Act. They would make sure every town, city, and neighborhood in the United States has at least one rape crisis center. They would spend money to test the hundreds of thousands of rape kits that sit on shelves. They would make sure that women can access safe, legal abortion. They would publicly state that men can be raped, and they would work with prisons to combat prison rape.
And I'm sure they will get to all that, right after they finish politicizing the rape of a 14-year-old girl.