Well done Matthew. Making excuses for the men involved on the basis of where they live or how the girls dressed is just wrong. The girls were 13. That is the end of it.
Matthew has Facebooked:
I don’t want to be all moralistic about this, because I have behaved terribly from time to time.
But I have two daughters, aged 6 and 8. I hope not, but I expect that if they follow the example of their parents they will behave appallingly when they are teens. I expect they will dress in ways I find reprehensible, hang out with friends I disapprove of, and might get shamefully pissed at what was meant to be a wholesome 15th birthday party.
To some extent, this will be my fault for not being as a good a parent as I should be.
However, when my 14 year-old girls do behave badly, I expect that any 17 year-old men nearby will, at worst, ignore them or, at best, look after them and get them home safely.
My daughters are entitled to rebel and behave badly, without being raped.
That is the point.