Blaming the Rape Victim, Part XVI

In this March 8, 2011 photo, trash sits outside an abandoned trailer in Cleveland, Texas where authorities say an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in November 2010. The arrest of four suspects means that 17 have now been accused in the sexual assault. The arrests include two players on Cleveland's state-ranked basketball team. A total of seven have been charged, as well as 10 other males no longer in school and ranging in age from 18 to 27. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) Photo: Pat Sullivan/AP2011

"There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students." —Florida state representative Kathleen Passidomo, explaining why she supports a bill that would make schools adopt age-appropriate dress codes. [Buzz/St. Petersburg Times via Think Progress]