Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 8:00AM The Blogmother
UPDATE: Tekenya has been found!!!!!!!
I am sorry, I was doing some research for another post and I was this post over at Black and Missing and saw this post about a 12 year old Black girl that is missing... and she's getting little to no attention. I just did a Google News Search for "Tekenya Wooten" and there are TWO count 'em TWO entries. There is only ONE result when you do a blogsearch. This is ri-dayum-diculous.
Sorry, just being 12 years old and 8 months pregnant isn't enough to get you an Amber Alert or media attention.
Durham Police are looking for Tekenya Wooten, 12. She is believed to have run away from her home at 3529 Manford Drive.
Wooten is black, stands 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. She is eight months pregnant.
When last seen, she was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and silver shoes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact Detective T.M. Ochman at 919-560-4440 ext. 289 or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Black and Missing
After doing a great deal of research on maternal homicide for an article I wrote, I know that this little girl is in grave danger of being slaughtered by the father of her unborn child. Pregnant Black women under the age of 20 are most likely to be victims of maternal homicide.
Since the VAST majority of those who impregnate teen girls are men over the age of 20, statistics would indicate that the child she is carrying is the result of statutory rape.
A review of California's 1990 vital statistics found that men older than high school age fathered 77 percent of all births to high school-aged girls (ages 16-18), and 51 percent of births to junior high school-aged girls (15 and younger). Men over age 25 fathered twice as many children of teenage mothers than boys under age 18, and men over age 20 fathered five times as many children of junior high school-aged girls as did junior high school-aged boys. A 1992 Washington state study of 535 adolescent mothers found that 62 percent of the mothers had a history of being raped or sexual molested by men whose ages averaged 27 years. This study found that, compared with nonabused mothers, abused adolescent mothers initiated sex earlier, had sex with much older partners, and engaged in riskier, more frequent, and promiscuous sex. Studies by the Population Reference Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics found that about two-thirds of children born to teenage girls in the United States are fathered by adult men age 20 or older. Source
In other words, the fact that she is missing means she is in danger. The fact that she is missing AND pregnant means she is in grave danger. In reading all the stories about pregnant Black teens who are brutally murdered, they are in "love" with the child's father, so they never see it coming when he duct tapes them and beats them in the stomach with a baseball bat, or hits them in the head with a rock and disposes of their body in a trash strewn ditch.
Not begrudging the family of Cole Puffinburger or the family of Caylee Anthony any of their wall to wall coverage on CNN, but you have to ask the question... why isn't the case of Tekenya Wooten at least as sensational as these two? Oh yeah, I know the answer to my own question.. the lives of Black women and girls aren't treasured.
If you treasure the lives of black women you can use some of your anytime minutes to inquire at the Associated Press North Carolina Bureau as to why this story isn't worthy of a wire report. No seriously call them and tell me what they say in the comments section. What makes Cole and Caylee more newsworthy than Tekenya. I'm curious. If Tekenya Wooten had killed somebody, she would be on the front page of CNN right now. Maybe we should say she was last seen dressed as a cow.
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UPDATE: Keep track of our most recent coverage about Tekenya Wooten.