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Monday, October 29, 2007

Dunbar Village - "Why are our black "Leaders" so quite about Dunbar Village?

Rape case suspects

Why is it that we as African American's are so quick to complain about abuse of black folks by whites, yet we fail to report on or discuss issues of "black on black" crimes. Gina at the blog What About Our Daughters has been asking the question for some time, "Why are our black "Leaders" so quiet about Dunbar Village?

Court records provide a detailed depiction of the horrors alleged to have occurred over the course of three hours June 18 in West Palm Beach's Dunbar Village public housing complex. The case has made international headlines and shined a light on the city's crime-ridden public housing community. Yet the crime has failed to gain attention with few bloggers within the AfroSphere discussing the issue. There are however bloggers like Electronic Village and of course , with blogger Gina at What About Our Daughters taking on the issue.

Through the great work of Gina at What About Our Daughters and reports by the Sun-Sentinel.com here is what we know thus far:

Source: Sun-Sentinel.com Four males — ages 14, 15, 16 and 18 — have been charged as adults in a 14-count indictment that could send all of them to prison for life. Defense attorneys have argued that the victims failed to identify the same suspects from photo lineups and that they identified fillers — people not involved in the case — as perpetrators. In some instances they identified different people as the same person.

Four masked males
Hoping to steal money and jewelry, Avion Lawson, 14, said he and someone else wore masks when they entered the 35-year-old woman's apartment that night, according to the documents. Once inside, Lawson said, he and his accomplice, whose name is blacked out on the report, encountered the woman in bed with three other masked males around her. Lawson told police he sexually assaulted her and stole two video games and a truck.

Police later found the video games inside the Dunbar Village apartment of Lawson's grandmother, Jonnie Mae Wilkerson, with whom Lawson often stayed.

The victim returned home from her job delivering phone books about 9 p.m. the night of the attack, according to her statement to police. While fixing her son something to eat, a young male with braids knocked on her door to tell her the tires on her truck were flat. Once outside, she said, she saw a male with a large gun and two others armed with guns. They wore black clothing over their faces, she said, and ordered her back into the apartment, where they demanded money.

After being told there was no money, the attackers tore off the woman's clothes and raped her until five others arrived, according to the documents. The new arrivals took turns having sex with her and then sodomized her. The mother was then ordered into a tub filled with vinegar and water where they used hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia on her. At gunpoint, the assailants forced the mother and son to have sex.

Throughout the attack, the victims suffered beatings, including having a bowl and lightbulbs smashed over their heads. The encounter was recorded on a cell phone camera, according to the mother.

Before leaving, the males looked for a lighter to set the two on fire but couldn't find one, she told police. They ordered the pair to stay in the tub and took off. About 30 minutes later one of the males returned to sexually assault the mother one last time. Before leaving, he scribbled a man's name and 6-CO, a gang, on a piece of paper and told the woman he hangs out on Sixth Street and that's where he could be found. He grabbed a Sony PlayStation 2 before fleeing.


How To Help: St. Ann's Catholic Church will accept donations on behalf of the family. Checks can be made payable to the Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann's.
The address is: St. Ann's Catholic Church 310 N. Olive Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401 -

You can also call the church at (561) 832-3757.

How To Help: Blog About the incident to bring public attention to the horrors of rape of black women by black boys, and black men that occur in black communities - but are not talked about.

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