Fort Worth, TX — A 15-year-old high school student was forced to ask for help on Facebook after she reported her rape to police, only to be completely ignored. After being exposed for ignoring the girl, police then blamed her for their mistakes.
The alleged attack happened in December 2015, right near the school. Because the child felt ashamed and guilty after the attack, she was scared to tell her parents. After hearing that her attacker had done the same thing to several other girls, she finally broke her silence and told the school police.
Her reports of rape, however, fell on deaf ears as police took no action.
According to FOX 4 News, Fort Worth ISD filed a report with police, but the detective assigned to the case did nothing with it from there.
In July of 2016, that detective, Dennis Hutchins, was fired for mishandling multiple child abuse cases just like this one.
“We’ve discovered there were several cases where the detective dropped the ball,” said Sgt. Marc Povero, Fort Worth Police Dept. “We’ve done our due diligence to go back through all the cases not properly handled or mishandled and we’re re-investigating those cases, this was one of them.”
Not only was this case entirely ignored by a grossly incompetent detective, but the school police failed to notify the child’s parents as well. No one, during the entirely botched process, ever thought to contact the girl’s parents.
“I have a minor child who was sexually assaulted and I was not told,” the mother said. “She made a report and as a parent I could have provided her some emotional support, therapy, guidance to get through it, rather than watch her decline academically and not know what was going on.”
Only because of the diligence of FOX4 News calling the police department did this girl’s parents learn that their daughter had been raped.
“It’s heartbreaking to me that my daughter went through this alone,” the mom said.
After being ignored by police for months, the girl finally stopped pursuing the case as she simply wanted to be through with the whole thing.
“I was trying to forget about it,” the girl said.
When asked why they didn’t call the parents, police, who have access to databases with everyone’s private information, claimed they didn’t have the mother’s phone number. Then they went on to blame the 15-year-old girl for their inaction.
“We didn’t have contact information for the mother, that’s not to say we couldn’t find it, but at that time we had a victim who was not cooperating with the investigation,” Sgt. Povero said.
The actions, or rather, inaction by the police in this matter are infuriating — yet par for the course.
The rate at which police ignore rape is nothing short of criminal.
According to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million.
As a result of this horrific negligence, roughly 3% of rape cases in America are actually solved. This is in spite of the fact that many rape kits have a high chance of leading to an arrest since most rapists are career criminals who have their DNA on file.
In some cases, the victims even know who their attackers were, but they cannot prosecute these criminals because the evidence has yet to be processed by police.
Arresting rapists and murderers simply falls short in the two areas police are worried about — revenue collection and keeping their inflated drug war budgets flowing.