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11-year-old girl, alleged victim of Texas gang rape, blamed for attack at town hall meeting

18 men and boys charged with gang rape of 11-year-old girl
Jamarcus Napper (top left); Jared McPherson (top center); Kelvin King (top right); Marcus Porchia (bottom left); Xavier King (bottom center); Devo Green (bottom right), among the suspects in alleged gang rape of 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas CBS/KHOU

(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND, Texas - At a town-hall meeting Thursday night supporters of the men accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl blamed the alleged victim for her own gang rape.

The meeting was called to discuss concerns some were having about the investigation, but then it turned into a forum for many to blame the girl.

Others have said earlier in the week that they were outraged by the attacks. The age of consent in Texas is 17.

Police say the girl was sexually assaulted during several attacks last year. The alleged gang rape took place at an abandoned mobile home in Cleveland, Texas, about 40 miles northeast of Houston, and police say the attack  was captured on cell phone video.

The authorities have arrested 18 people, including two of Cleveland's star high school athletes and adults with criminal records. They face assault and abuse charges.

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