Target: Greg Mashburn, District Attorney of Garvin, Oklahoma
Goal: Charge teens as adults for allegedly raping fellow wrestling teammates.
Four wrestlers at an Oklahoma high school face rape charges stemming from an alleged hazing incident. The victims include a 16-year-old boy, who was allegedly held down by 18-year-old Tanner Shipman while three other teammates–two aged 17 and one 16–placed condoms over their fingers and inserted them into the boy’s anus through his clothing. 17-year-old Hunter Matthews was charged with rape by instrumentation for his role in these sick rape crimes.
When the bus arrived back at the high school, Shipman and the other suspects allegedly drug the 12-year-old to the back of the bus and raped him a second time in a similar manner, says detectives. He allegedly forced the victim’s hand onto his crotch and demanded “touch my balls.” When the bus stopped, the victim reportedly escaped, but was chased down and forced between two cars. The suspects turned themselves in and have bonded out. Shipman’s bond was reportedly only $5,000.
This isn’t just hazing. This appears more like nearly grown men raping and terrorizing young boys. Sexual assault is traumatizing and it’s something victims carry with them for life. It’s extremely alarming that these teenagers could be capable of such brutal, vicious attacks and even more concerning is the fact that this “hazing” ritual could become a trend among other groups. Demand that the wrestlers involved in these sick, vicious crimes are charges as adults and given the maximum prison sentence possible.
Dear Mr. Mashburn,
Two young boys were allegedly raped by fellow wrestling teammates during a hazing incident on a bus. The older teenagers who allegedly raped them behaved viciously against the poor victims, using their fingers to rape them. This is a sick and disgusting way to treat people and the victims are likely left traumatized by these events.
The alleged rapists are dangerous people who could be capable of committing more similar crimes since they had no moral qualms with committing rape on two separate victims. We demand that these disgusting teenagers be charged as a adults and given the most severe penalty possible.
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