The rape of a 14-year-old teenager in Maryland by at least one illegal immigrant has caused outrage throughout the nation, but generated surprisingly little outcry from feminist activists.
Guatemalan Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, and a 17-year-old male were charged with raping their classmate in Rockville High School. Authorities confirmed that Sanchez-Milian was an illegal immigrant who was being considered for deportation prior to the assault.
“It’s obvious they’re placing their very liberal agenda ahead of our safety. Here they stand down when a little girl is raped.”
Sanchez-Milian’s father, Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, 43, was also arrested on Friday after authorities discovered he was in the United States illegally.
The girl was raped in a Rockville High School bathroom earlier this month, but the report of the alleged crime began to reverberate last week. The reaction on the Left and in the media has been largely muted — even given the brutalization of a young girl.
“ABC, NBC, CBS did not cover it on their nightly news broadcasts,” said Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” on March 22. “CNN did not cover the Maryland story in prime time last night. Ditto MSNBC. That is beyond anything I have ever seen in my 40 years-plus of journalism.”
But surprisingly, even many feminist and domestic violence activists have remained mum on addressing the issue, a week after the news hit.
The official web page for the National Organization for Women, the longtime feminist group, doesn’t mention the Rockville High School case. Instead, it urges members to “#StopGorsuch,” President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as part of an effort to preserve reproductive rights.
On the Feminist Majority Foundation’s website, no mention of the alleged crime has been made. The site features a number to call regarding violence against women. It also has an article entitled, “No more excuses: Rape is rape.” The article calls for a reduction in the backlog of rape kits collected by police.
The group’s news blog makes no mention of the Rockville High incident, instead updating the page on Tuesday with an article, “GOP Healthcare Bill Fails, But Could Be Reintroduced.”
The official website for the Women’s March on Washington, which turned out tens of thousands of women on Jan. 21, makes no mention of the issue. But the site has been updated on another issue — a controversy over missing black and Latina girls in Washington, D.C.
At Latina magazine, the consequences of President Trump’s immigration policies are pondered, without reference to Rockville.
In a Monday article by Nichole Fratangelo, Latina writes, “Undocumented immigrants aren’t exactly feeling comfortable in Trump’s America, so much so that women are keeping quiet about their assault cases. According to NPR, four women in Colorado have dropped their cases of domestic abuse due to fear of being deported.”
And the Rockville City Council heard citizen testimony on Monday about making the Maryland city a “sanctuary city.” Just days earlier, the Maryland State House of Delegates approved a bill to make Maryland a sanctuary state.
Maria Espinoza, director of the The Remembrance Project, which advocates for families whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens, told LifeZette Tuesday she was disappointed feminists have been silent on the Rockville case. Too often organizations that purport to advocate for women allow their liberal tendencies to keep them silent when women are the victims of illegal immigrant crime, Espinoza said.
“It’s obvious they’re placing their very liberal agenda ahead of our safety,” said Espinoza. “Here they stand down when a little girl is raped.”
Sanctuary policies came into sharp focus on Monday, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned the Department of Justice was serious about withholding federal grants to localities that pursue such policies.
Hans van Spakovsky, a legal analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said the government’s own data shows millions of crimes are committed by the sizable segment of the illegal alien community, who keep getting released in sanctuary jurisdictions.
“It’s totally preventable,” said Espinoza. “It’s a shame they’re putting our children at risk.”