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13 year old bullied for reporting gang rape


From Mercury News…

Only days after a sexual assault verdict against two high school football players in Ohio, a small town in Connecticut finds itself split by a situation with many similarities.

In Steubenville, Ohio, the players were accused of raping an underage victim, and convicted March 18.

In Connecticut, Torrington High School football players Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, both 18, stand accused of the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Details are scarce in Torrington because the cases against the two are sealed. What is known is that both Gonzalez and Toribio are charged with three identical felonies, including second-degree sexual assault of a 13-year-old victim in Torrington. In both Connecticut cases, the investigation began Feb. 10, 2013, but police won’t confirm both cases are connected.

And, as in the Ohio case, it’s the accusers who are under attack via social media.

Dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the alleged victim, calling her a “whore,’ criticizing her for “snitching’ and “ruining the lives’ of the football players. Even supporters of the accuser have been victims of bullying.

“Even if it was all his fault, what was a 13 year old girl doing hanging around 18 year old guys..’ said a Twitter user with the handle, “@LoryyRamirez.’

That message was reposted 11 times and received six “favorites” by those who read it.

“If it takes two then why is only one in trouble?
Ha,’ said another post that was reposted 21 times and received 13 “favorites.’

Toribio’s attorney, Charles F. Brower, declined to comment on the case. Gonzalez’ attorney, Pat Brown, could not immediately be reached.

Gonzalez’s case was continued until April 2, Toribio’s until April 23. Gonzalez is being held at New Haven Correction Center. Toribio is out on $50,000 professional surety bond.

According to public discussion in court Tuesday, Toribio is being electronically monitored and is being individually tutored.

Before the sex assault charges against Gonzalez, the team’s Most Valuable Player, was charged in a March 2012 alleged felony robbery. He’s accused of jumping three juveniles, 14-years-old, in search of money. Three other teens are alleged co-conspirators.

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