The Gang Rape in Acapulco

And the good news is, the war on plants is over in Mexico. — jtl, 419

via The Weekend Vigilante

Dear TDV,

Care to comment on the Acapulco gang-rape story? Bogus, exaggerated or legit? ~ Ron Dotson

Jeff’s Response:

Dear Ron,

I’m glad you asked. As with all things reported in the mainstream media it turned out to be not exactly as reported.

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” And Thomas Jefferson said, “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

This again seems to be the case.

For those unaware, there was a story heavily reported in the western media about six Spanish tourists having been gang raped at gunpoint in Acapulco (see the story here).

I admit, when I first heard it I was shocked. My Acapulquena wife was shocked… everyone here was shocked. There had been some serious plant (drug) related violence in the last few years – but that is all over now (more on that below)…. But gang raping foreign tourists? That is absolutely unheard of.

A TDV correspondent skyped me and asked, “Is it true?” and my response over a week ago was that if it was, it was terrible, “but I can almost guarantee you there is more to this story.”

Español: Clavadistas de La Quebrada in Acapulc...
Clavadistas de La Quebrada in Acapulco, Guerrero, México.

Acapulco is a relatively small (less than half-a-million population), old city and almost everyone knows everybody so the info being uncovered has been passed around and it wasn’t until last night that I heard more details… details that were, of course, unreported.

First, it did not occur in a hotel in Acapulco as was first reported. I’ve learned over years of living here that anything that happens within a 500 mile radius is always reported as happening right in the tourist district. The event appears to have transpired in a place called Playa Bonfil, about an hour from anywhere your average tourist would go and in an area that I would best describe as “sketchy”.

It also wasn’t in a hotel, nor in a “villa”, as has been reported. It was in a bungalow that even my poorest Mexican friends describe as being “naco” – a cheap ghetto-like area.

What is the least reported is that the women knew their attackers. The women, described as “hippies” by nearly everyone here, were doing plants (drugs) daily… mostly mushrooms and marijuana (perhaps ecstasy as well) nightly and at least one of their attackers was their drug dealer.

My wife received a phone call from one of her female German friends last night as they chatted about the incident. Her friend stated, “I once did mushrooms in Puerto Escondido (4 hours south of Acapulco) and woke up on the beach naked… someone may have had sex with me for all I know, but I wouldn’t have gone to the police if they did.”

Now, I am going to stop here and say that rape in any fashion is abominable, no matter what the excuse. I do, however, want to paint the picture that is mostly agreed upon as being the most true and which you won’t have heard in the news.

We’ll never know what really happened of course, but you won’t hear it on AP news, that’s for sure. Is it possible these girls were in a sketchy neighborhood, rarely visited by tourists, and were regularly out of their mind on mushrooms and one of these times their drug dealer and his friends (also perhaps on drugs) took far more advantage than they should have (Yes, the drug dealers were armed, but that’s fairly normal in Mexico)? I think it is possible. In any case, the men deserve whatever they get if they used any force whatsoever to physically abuse these females.

Would this ever happen to you in Acapulco? Anything can happen anywhere. When I lived in Hollywood for a year I saw and heard about very similar things happen almost on a nightly basis… girls getting out of their head amongst males and being physically assaulted. A lot of weird things can happen when everyone is on mind-altering substances.

But, to end, if you came to Acapulco with your friends, the odds of you getting gang-raped are about 0% unless you make a very large number of bad choices. Of course, many men do get gang-banged, but that’s part of the reason they come here.

English: An acronym design for the PRI Español...
An acronym design for the PRI Español: Diseño acrónomo del PRI

As for the Mexican drug war, you probably also haven’t heard in the news, but it ended months ago. While you know we despise all political parties, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (known as PRI) was re-elected late last year back to the presidency after a horrible 12 years ofthe National Action Party (PAN). Prior to PAN, the PRI had held power for 71 years. The PRI can be best thought of as the “democratic” party of Mexico while PAN is more the “conservative” party. Under the last 12 years of PAN they decided the best way to deal with entrepreneurial plant transporters (narcos) was to kill them. This set off a war and produced massive power vacuums as they killed local drug lords. Under the return of the PRI, they returned to their old policy of becoming partners with the narcos.

In other words, the war is over. Another thing you never hear, I’m sure. That’s why this gang-rape story was so terrible for Acapulco… it was just reinstating itself, in the minds of foreigners, as the beautiful beach resort it always has been. Undoubtedly this rape story will have repercussions… although my flight to Acapulco just three days ago was full of tourists. But this place always picks itself back up from all the bad press it has received. Viva Acapulco.

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