chapter  6
19 Pages

Busting the ‘gang-rape’ myth: Girls’ victimisation and agency in gang-associated sexual violence

WithCARLENE FIRMIN

I’m scared that I’ve forgotten how to feel things. I don’t cry anymore. One of my boys got killed and I couldn’t even cry at the funeral. You learn not to care cos there’s no point. If you care too much it makes you weak and that’s why most girls don’t last in this way of life, cos they can’t take it. Hold another girl down while your boys do stuff to her, gun-butt someone in the face with blood everywhere; you have to just think – whatever. If you care you’re finished.