So here’s some pretty awful news that’s probably going to make you feel pretty bad about people… Remember that story from late last week? The one where a 15-year-old girl at South Fort Myers High Schools had sex in the bathroom with 25 members of the football team, who apparently took Snapchat videos? Well apparently she was a former victim of sex trafficking and had only been at the school for two weeks.
A lot of people who read our coverage of the story (which was admittedly a little harsh) were quick to judge the actions of the girl, believing that all parties (not just the boys) should be found responsible. Now it seems like we’re reading that story in a much different light.
Here’s a quote from FightTheNewDrug, a website that admittedly “provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts.” The woman quoted below is Megan Estrem, an advocate for victims of former and current sex slaves.
The girl’s mom brought her daughter to Estrem after having saved her from a human trafficker who held her captive for two years. “She was only 13 when she was trafficked,” said Estrem. The girl was placed into multiple treatment programs, the most recent was eight months long. But because she’s a runaway, only a handful of programs would accept her. None of them addressed the devastating ramifications of sexual abuse. “She did get some help, but it wasn’t specific for what she needed,” said Estrem.
She was a student at South Fort Myers High only two weeks when the incident happened.
“She was not equipped to make a stable, rational decision in that situation,” said Estrem.
It also seems as though the number of twenty five was a little embellished.
“She did not [have sex] with 25 boys in the bathroom. There was only a handful that she did [have sex] with. In this case, it was more of a spectator sport,” said Estrem.