Our Guys / Edition 1by Bernard Lefkowitz
Pub. Date: 09/05/2000
Publisher: University of California Press
It was a crime that captured national attention. In the idyllic suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four of the town's most popular high school athletes were accused of raping a retarded young woman while nine of their teammates watched. Everyone was riveted by the question: What went wrong in this seemingly flawless American town? In search of the answer,
It was a crime that captured national attention. In the idyllic suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four of the town's most popular high school athletes were accused of raping a retarded young woman while nine of their teammates watched. Everyone was riveted by the question: What went wrong in this seemingly flawless American town? In search of the answer, Bernard Lefkowitz takes the reader behind Glen Ridge's manicured facade into the shadowy basement that was the scene of the rape, into the mansions on "Millionaire's Row," into the All-American high school, and finally into the courtroom where justice itself was on trial.
Lefkowitz's sweeping narrative, informed by more than 200 interviews and six years of research, recreates a murky adolescent world that parents didn'tor wouldn'tsee: a high school dominated by a band of predatory athletes; a teenage culture where girls were frequently abused and humiliated at sybaritic and destructive parties, and a town that continued to embrace its celebrity athletesdespite the havoc they createdas "our guys." But that was not only true of Glen Ridge; Lefkowitz found that the unqualified adulation the athletes received in their town was echoed in communities throughout the nation. Glen Ridge was not an aberration. The clash of cultures and values that divided Glen Ridge, Lefkowitz writes, still divides the country.
Parents, teachers, and anyone concerned with how children are raised, how their characters are formed, how boys and girls learn to treat each other, will want to read this important book.
Table of Contents
|PART I The Basement||9|
|PART II Secrets||35|
|PART III All-American Guys||103|
|PART IV Accusation and Denial||183|
|PART V Justice and Injustice||257|
|PART VI Moral Judgments||295|
|Illustrations follow||page 94|
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I purchased this book about a year and a half ago. The first time I opened it it took me two days to finish , since then I've read it many times. It was so worthy of reading, the suspense of what would unravel and who was to blame just urged me to keep on and find the truth about the Glen Ridge Rape. The fact that these boys were never given a strong 'No!', simply because they were star athletes of a secluded town that gave them the oppurtunity to do what whatever reckless behavior they could think of, is just plain wrong. I as thirteen year old expect respect from everyone and this town and the parents did nothing to show them that or teach them that. How they could take advantage of that young woman I will never understand and shall never accept.