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Offers for help are pouring in for an eight-year-old Liberian girl disowned by her own family in Phoenix, Arizona, after being raped by four boys.
The girl is under the care of the Arizona Child Protective Service (CPS) because her parents said she had shamed them, and they did not want her back.
The case has sparked outrage across the US and even drawn condemnation from Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an outspoken anti-rape campaigner.
The parents also apparently said their daughter had brought shame on the family.
The father also said the family moved to the United States five years ago from West Africa and they don't understand the United States' criminal system.
When asked what he wants to happen to the suspects involved in the assault against his daughter, he answered, "nothing."
Femi Babarinde, an African Studies professor from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, said it is normal to feel shame because of a rape in the family in the Liberian culture.
"When you look at the shame culture in African societies it basically means something negative happened and it affects not only that individual [the victim] but the family and extended family," said Babarinde. "They may be reacting to the attention that this will get and the knowledge of this within the community that could be a source of embarrassment."
Originally posted by Laurauk
This is completely shocking to say the least. Not only has this girl gone through such a traumatic event, now her Parents have dosowned her.
[edit on 25-7-2009 by Laurauk]
Originally posted by FlyersFan
I'm with whatukno and modernacademia on this one.
I don't care what ignorant culture they came from.
They live here now.
The laws here say you don't abandon 8 year old girls.
Poor kid. She'll be better off in the long run without those idiots.
Sgt Hill said people from eight or nine US states had called wanting to adopt the girl or donate money.
Tony Weedor -- co-founder of the CenterPoint International Foundation, which aids Liberians in the United States and provides aid for those still in Liberia -- agreed with Hill. He said rape was not against the law in Liberia until 2006.
"The family [believes they] have been shamed by her ... and they're more concerned about that than the crime," he said.
Sirleaf said the family should not be concerned about that.
"Let me say very clearly that rape is a problem in Liberia also. There is a strong law regarding that," she said.