When Kristen Cunnane was in middle school, she was molested by one of her male teachers. Years later, she and several other survivors managed to charge their attackers for the crime, suing California's Moraga school district for sheltering these predators.
Now Moraga’s lawyers have formed a response: Kristen Cunnane was so "careless" and "negligent" when she was 12 years old that she practically deserved to be raped.
"She was herself responsible," the district and three other defendants' attorneys wrote in a Oct. 24 legal filing. "Carelessness and negligence on her part proximately contributed to the happenings of the incident."
This is a 12-year-old girl we're talking about here. A scared little girl molested by a man she thought she could trust, now a young woman being told that this teacher’s advances were her "responsibility" to deflect.
Please, join us in writing the Moraga school district and its legal team to express your horror and disgust at their attack on Kristen Cunnane. If we can bring enough media attention to this story, we can stop this appalling victim-blaming once and for all -- but if we don’t speak out, more women and girls will be shamed into silence.
PETITION TO MORAGA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Blaming pre-teen victims for the actions of their molesters is nothing short of horrific. We demand that you stop the assault on Kristen Cunnane and her fellow survivors, taking responsibility for your failure to protect them from predatory teachers.