Texas Detective: 12-Year-Old Raped In CVS Bathroom Wasn’t ‘Necessarily All That Unwilling’ (VIDEO)

Police haven’t even caught a man who raped a 12-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Southside Palace, Texas CVS, but the victim blaming has already begun — both by police and media reporting on the sexual assault. On October 16, police say that a 20-something white man lured the preteen girl away from her mother and grandmother before coaxing the girl into the bathroom and raping her — but, apparently, the word “rape” is too difficult a concept for Houston news station ABC13.

According to the ABC affiliate, surveillance shows the man walk inside the store and then leave. Shortly afterward, the girl walks in, followed by her mother and grandmother. The girl then walked off by herself, at which point the man reentered and approached her. “They went off into a corner and there were times when he was not fully clothed,” Detective Michael Kelly explained, before dropping this bit of knowledge:

Kelly tells Eyewitness News the man coaxed the girl then into the women’s restroom where they allegedly had sex. “She was not necessarily all that unwilling, but at the age of 12 it doesn’t matter,” said Kelly.

There is not a single place in the United States where it is in any way acceptable for a man to engage in sexual activity with a 12-year-old, and the age of consent in Texas is 17, but something is missing from both the news station and the detective’s account of the situation: The word “rape” does not appear anywhere. If you have sex with a 12-year-old, it is rape. He raped that child in the bathroom. It. Was. Rape. For the detective to suggest that the circumstances could be mitigated by the victim’s “willingness” is positively reprehensible.

You know what you do if a 12-year-old wants to have sex with you? You say “no” and, if possible, have a long talk with her parents. When it’s a child lured into a pharmacy bathroom by a complete stranger, you absolutely don’t go out of your way to tell the world how much she wanted it. When you’re reporting on such an attack,  you absolutely ensure that the word “rape” or at least the phrase “sexual assault” is included.

But I digress…

The victim remembers her attacker as a white man in his mid-late 20’s with a goatee, hairy tattooed arms, and specs of what could have been paint on his clothing. Police say they do not believe the man and the girl had ever spoken before they “had sex” or he raped her, whichever descriptor one feels is appropriate, I guess.

Rather than focus on the fact that there was a child who was, once again, raped in a CVS bathroom, conservatives in the comment section of the station’s report blamed the attack on Prop 1, a failed ordinance that would have protected LGBTQ Texans from discrimination, and would have allowed transgender individuals to use the proper bathrooms:

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Interestingly, the failure of a measure to allow trans individuals from using the bathroom in which they feel most comfortable did nothing to stop a straight man from raping a little girl in the women’s restroom — imagine that! Others wondered why the word “rape” was strangely absent from the report:

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Police are asking for anyone with information about this run-of-the-mill consentual sex between a grown man and a child (as Kelly described it) to call 713-668-2341. You should also call that number if you have an issue with Kelly blaming the victim for her own rape, and want them to understand that it is always rape when someone lures a child into a bathroom so he can have his way with her.

Watch ABC13’s report, below:

Featured Image via ABC13