Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by wanttohelp, Jan 24, 2010.
Lord help me. I'm glad the woman called 911 and stayed on the phone but I can't believe that someone didn't intervene. Remember how the two men in Alaska just saved the high school girl who was being stabbed? She would have surely died without the intervention.
I fully understand that the caller was terrified and I hope she gets some help as her trauma must be terrible. I'm thankful she called but it was 2:30 in the afternoon!! Wasn't there any one around who could have screamed at this guy or jumped him?
I read the article carefully and it says that the woman (26, so much older than the boy), has bipolar disorder and Asperger's. Most people with Asperger's have challenges with social interactions. That leads me to believe that something strange was going on for this boy. I've parented and known many kids with Asperger's and never known one of them to be provocative in any way (not that that would excuse an assault anyway). They usually shrink away from contact, in fact. I think we'll learn that this boy is very challenged in some way too. He needs to be taken off the streets of Toledo, that's for sure. What did he think was going to happen as he raped a woman on the sidewalk? I forgot. He didn't think.
FWIW, one of the saddest things about rape and the disabled and/or mentally ill is that 1) it happens at a much higher rate than most imagine and 2) there's very little therapy geared for those with communication and/or cognitive deficits. It's a sad situation. It's almost like no one can get into the victim's head to help process the pain and trauma.
My thoughts are with this young woman. I hope she has a loving support system.
An editorial from WTOL:
I'm shocked and saddened no one stopped
"In the news this week is the disturbing story of a woman being raped in broad daylight, and not one person stopped to help her.
Some people who drove by called 911. But no one tried to pull the suspected rapist off of the woman. What is going on out there?..............."
Article published December 14, 2010
Anferney Fontenet, who was 15 at the time he sexually assaulted a woman on a West Toledo sidewalk, was sentenced in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Tuesday to 18 years in prison.
Judge Stacy Cook sentenced the teenager to 10 years in prison for rape and 8 years for aggravated robbery, to run consecutively. Fontenet, now 16, pleaded no contest to the two charges on Nov. 29.
In a soft voice, Fontenet also apologized in court for his actions.
Judge Cook noted the lack of emotion in the teenager's apology. She said that many people suffer from mental health issues, but that depression is not an excuse for rape.
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