Another community has chosen to provide every serial killer, mass murderer, and domestic terrorist wannabe with the ability to rationalize their behavior by deifying a couple of criminals and blaming their victim. Good job folks.
The answer to the question asked by this news headline is yes, Torrington is another Steubenville. Not that the behavior of its rapist enabling, victim blaming dregs of humanity is unique. Just about anywhere in America, the ability of high status individuals to abuse relatively low status individuals and get away with it is considered a privilege of rank. In Torrington, Steubenville, Columbine, and a thousand other less well reported communities, the abusers were football players. But football isn't the problem. The willingness of the local population to elevate football players to high status and then grant them immunity from personal accountability is the problem.
And that's what the next Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, or Adam Lanza is going to be focusing on when targeting a crowd of allegedly innocent people. The next homicidal maniac to grace America's headlines will need to be able to rationalize that the public is evil and deserving of his wrath so he can feel justified in his actions. And those who express their outrage at the 13 year old victim of a couple of 18 year old rapists blithely provide killers with everything they need. Consider the following examples of Torrington ethics:
"Even if it was all his fault," Mary J. Ramirez, whose Twitter handle is @LoryyRamirez, wrote, "what was a 13 year old girl doing hanging around 18 year old guys[?]"
And another gem of wisdom...
“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” Twitter user @asmedick wrote.
America's next mass murderer thanks both of you.
And the victims of the next mass murderer can thank the community of Torrington, Connecticut...and a lot of other communities for making it so easy to rationalize that even the most heinous crimes really are the victim's fault.