(AP Photo/Bob Bird)

Slowly but surely more information is being released about the hell that 20-year-old Megan Williams endured at the hands of West Virginia 6, the six whites who kidnapped, rapped, and tortured her.  And in true typical mainstream media fashion, the Black female victim’s image is already being damaged.

In a statement read Tuesday by deputies, Williams said that she was sexually assaulted, doused with hot water, forced to eat animal feces, and taunted with racial slurs.  She said hot wax was poured on her, and that two of her captors forced her to drink a cup of their urine.  Williams’ notes that the defendants told her they didn’t like Black people and that they were going to hang her.

"They told me if I tried to get out they was going to hit me and stuff. I was scared of them."

Now to date, prosecutors have failed to file hate crime charges, citing that they’re going for the maximum penalty and hate crime charges carry no more than ten years.

Believe it or not, up until yesterday, the defendants faced lesser charges, but now face life after the charges were upgraded to include kidnapping, which carries a maximum life sentence.

Females Accused of Sexual Assault On Williams

Kidnapping and sexual assault charges, along with additional counts of battery, were filed against 46 year-old Karen Burton who is one of three females in custody.

Burton was arraigned by video teleconference from jail where her response to the sexual assault charges was, "Oh, hell no."

Oh honey, you ain’t seen hell yet.  But with any luck you’ll get to spend the rest of your life there.

Three counts of misdemeanor battery were added to the charges against Frankie Brewster, who owned the home where it all went down. She also is charged with first-degree sexual assault for forcing Williams to perform oral sex on her.

At least Brewster admitted her deeds, saying "I just want to come clean."

Damaging Williams’ Image as A Victim

Yesterday, I detailed how an Associated Press story on the Jena 6 failed to mention the hanging nooses on the school’s campus that sparked all of the controversy while making sure to point out that the six Black students were accused of beating a white student.

Well, today, the Associated Press out did themselves.

In all of the stories that the AP has done on the West Virginia Six, they’ve been careful to always add this disclaimer:

The Associated Press generally does not identify suspected victims of sexual assault, but Williams and her mother agreed to release her name. Carmen Williams said she wanted people to know what her daughter had endured.”

On the whole, you might read that and not think anything of it.  But then check this out.
Right below this disclaimer in a subsequent paragraph of the same story of how these six people kidnapped, tortured, sexually assaulted, and damn near killed Megan Williams’, and after the AP themselves admit that the don’t usually identify the victims of sexual assault but did so because the mother gave the okay, they report this:

"In another courtroom Tuesday, Megan Williams answered outstanding warrants from three counties charging her with crimes involving worthless checks. She was released on $8,000 bond."

So I’m wondering, was this to make sure that Williams’ didn’t come off as a total victim? Because her outstanding warrants had nothing to do with the rest of the story, it was thrown in there to damage her image as a victim.

How do you go from not releasing names of sexual assault victims to adding in information about warrants for crimes that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.

The mainstream media is very clever in the way they operate and report stories, especially stories that involve Blacks, whites, and a crime.  They either leave out critical facts or they put to question the credibility of Black victims.  Sometimes it’s done so skillfully that unless you have a trained eye and mind for it, you’ll miss it, which is 90% of the population that even pays attention to the news.

Tomorrow, much of the Black nation will be focused on the Jena 6 in Louisiana.  Let’s make sure that we show equal attention to the West Virginia 6 and make sure the prosecutors get the job done.  The fact that it was only yesterday that the charges were upgraded to where penalties included life in prison is a little suspect in my book. 

Free the Jena 6 but it’s life without the possibility of parole for the West Virginia 6.