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Mon Oct 14, 2013, 04:38 PM

The Maryville Case: What It's About

Summary:
In the small Missouri town of Maryville, a 14-year old girl and her friend were gotten incapably drunk, they were raped, and the act was filmed for the rapists to distribute as proof of their... whatever.

The girl was then left, passed out, in her street clothes (no outer clothes, coat, etc.) on her parents' lawn in 22-degree (Fahrenheit) temps, in the middle of the night. She was out there for some hours- her hair and clothing were frozen, she was at risk of serious injury or death from hypothermia.

Her mother found her, saw abrasions in her genital area while caring for her, and called the police.

The police investigated, found credible evidence of rape, searched the home of her attacker (who happened to be the grandson of a MO State Senate member,) found more evidence, prepared a case they regarded as a slam-dunk for prosecution.

Some time later, the mother was told there would be no prosecution. The family's lawyers discussed the chances of a civil suit.

The girl and her family were subjected to harassment at school, in the town, at the mother's place of employment. The mother was fired from her job, with specific reference to the possibility of a civil suit requiring her to take too much time away from work, etc.

The girl and her family put their house on the market and moved to another town to escape the harassment.

Six months later, their home in Maryville, still on the market, mysteriously burned down.

Now the hacker collective Anonymous is promising "justice" for the victim.

Relevant links:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023846823
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023841639
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/14/anonymous-targets-missouri-town-for-refusing-to-prosecute-man-who-confessed-to-having-sex-with-14-year-old-and-leaving-her-to-die/
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023848014

There has been considerable discussion here on DU regarding what this story is about, including the following (paraphrased by me from the DU discussion threads):

"Justice for Daisy"
"Rapists walking free because of Rape Culture and how it protects them"
"Political influence perverting the justice system"

All of those things are true.

But in my opinion, what this story is REALLY about is encapsulated in the statement just released by Anonymous:

"Most of all, We are wondering, how do the residents of Maryville sleep at night?"


I wonder this, too.

I wonder how our communities, our culture have evolved to the point where we don't even need to be marooned on an Island with our survival in doubt and without adult supervision, to turn into a "Lord of the Flies" analog?

I suspect it has to do with public education being perverted from a way of raising healthy citizens for an independent democratic community, to a way of ensuring there will be a supply of barely-literate low-wage workers unable to effectively organize against Our Beloved Oligarchs.

I suspect it has to do with a media controlled by Our Beloved Oligarchs and tasked with the objective of setting us at one another's throats for trivial differences so that, again, we are unable to effectively organize against Our Beloved Oligarchs, because we are too busy hating each other.

I suspect it has to do with a carefully-fostered cultural emphasis on "winning," on "might makes right" on xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other ways of fracturing us and making us afraid of everyone the least bit different, and believing in solutions of violence, hate, and exclusion as the remedy for our fear.

Someone prove me wrong, please.

I would love to be proven wrong.

Please, somebody?

broken-heartedly,
Bright

(P.S. I don't approve of vigilante justice, I don't condone it. However, I can't condemn the individuals in Anonymous who are taking such action as they deem appropriate in this situation.)

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GreenPartyVoter Oct 2013 #1
enough Oct 2013 #2
seabeyond Oct 2013 #4
LostOne4Ever Oct 2013 #5
enough Oct 2013 #10
seabeyond Oct 2013 #3
R. Daneel Olivaw Oct 2013 #6
daleanime Oct 2013 #7
tomm2thumbs Oct 2013 #8
Heidi Oct 2013 #9

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 04:40 PM

1. I wish I could prove you wrong, but I don't think I can. More than once we have

seen towns rally around the rapist and slut-shame the victim.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 04:57 PM

2. The power to "ruin" a woman or girl and her family by raping her

is one of the pillars of patriarchy, everywhere and always. It is patriarchy's terrorist weapon of choice.

Wherever patriarchy feels threatened, the more true this will be.

Sometimes I think people are over-focused on the whole idea of our current "rape culture," but just about every day I see something that confirms it. Something like this.

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Response to enough (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:02 PM

4. this is NOT how we lived in the past. this is new. and we need to address it as to what it is

today.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:08 PM

5. Where do you get that this is not how we lived in the past? (nt)

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 16, 2013, 09:40 PM

10. Who is this "we" and where on the face of the earth and in what century?

No. This is not new. This is as old as patriarchy, which is pretty old.

Seriously, where is it that you think this has not been going on as a deeply entrenched element of established patriarchy?

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:01 PM

3. we have an all consuming massive fuckin industry of being entertained with the rape and degradation

of women and girls thru out our culture and society in every way.

and then we dare to ask, why there are those that see no problem with the degradation and humiliation of one girl. that was put out on the net to entertain all those others. the privileged and entitled.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2013, 11:55 PM

6. KICK!

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2013, 12:30 AM

7. Wish I could......

unfortunately I think your right.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2013, 01:27 AM

8. kick

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2013, 02:02 AM

9. Kick!

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