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TRIGGER WARNING: A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

By Sabrina Rubin Erdely - November 19, 2014

Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began...

On second thought, this is so graphic it'll get hidden at DU. If not by those who think it's too sexual. Or by those who want to defend their state, region, alma mater or the fraternity system.

Or this will get replies that blame the young woman. A fair read of this shows she wasn't willing in any way, but NO ONE disapproved during the rape, they cheered and encouraged it to prove their manhood. And NO ONE wanted her to come forward

Victims should NOT read this, most likely. Those who think rape is like regular sex or that it is consensual, need a lesson in what this is. She was with her boyfriend, was drinking and new and wanted to fit in. He set her up for physical injuries, the rape using both the male organ and with objects. She was forced, bleeding and beaten.

I want to remind those who read this article at the link, that these are the future leaders of this country. And those who have participated in these things in the past are in positions of power. They've been given every advantage, but this is what they do with their 'liberty' which cost others a great deal and for which they have never been called to account. This is not 'sowing your wild oats.' It's a crime and should never be allowed.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

I am going to post another reply here on the leaders of today in the state legislature. They have not done a good job of representing the people of Virginia and there are many people being hurt by their actions. We will never know how many, IF ANY of those legislators, indulged themselves this way in college.

VA Senate Minority Leader Rips UVA "Crap" on Campus Sexual Assault (XP from Politics)



Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw Rips UVA and Its "Crap" on Sexual Assault (11/24/14)

Published Nov 26, 2014 by lowkell

At the Falls Church City Council meeting on Monday, 11/24/14.


A few more points by Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) regarding the Rolling Stone article on a vicious gang rape at UVA, and more broadly on the culture of UVA in general:

*"The reason these kids don't come forward is they know the university's total dedication is to sweeping everything under the rug"
*"Had that same kid been off campus and not a student at UVA, he'd be pulling 40 years in prison in Virginia, not walking across the stage with a diploma..."
*"What parent in their right mind would send a daughter to UVA when she's got...a 20 percent chance, a 20 percent chance of being sexually assaulted?"
*"And they've essentially told every male, particularly those on fraternity row, it always has been and still is open season on females"


More details at source:

http://bluevirginia.us/diary/12548/video-senate-minority-leader-saslaw-rips-uvas-crap-on-sexual-assault

to lowkell:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251388913#op

Please rec the thread and post to get some attention there, and we can discuss it within our context here. This is a move in the right direction and what Obama has been calling for that the GOP has resisted.

My neighborhood and apartment building are an affront to the media.

It's half black and mixed, and the the half white and mixed, and there wasn't even a word said in anger. Was I supposed to hide under the bed from my neighbors?

Sorry, Goebbels media, your attempt to have us arm up and kill each other in an orgy of hate did not happen. I know you are heartbroken.

Here is the local response:

Protesters take to streets of Seattle following Ferguson decision




BY Josh Kerns - November 24, 2014

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Seattle Monday evening after a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting that left 18-year-old Michael Brown dead and sparked weeks of unrest in August.

A group staged a "die-in" in Seattle's Westlake Park, laying down in the street before marching to Capitol Hill and then onto the Central District.

KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse is with the demonstrators and reports while there is anger, there has been no violence...

Mayor Ed Murray urged calm in a speech following the decision.


"My message to the young African American men in Seattle today is this:
While we do not have the answers today, we in this city are listening to you.
Your city hears you. And your city loves you.
In this hour of pain, your city is absolutely committed to moving forward with you, together, towards greater peace and greater justice.
My message today to all Seattle residents is to ask that we all reach out to our neighbors - across racial and cultural lines in particular - commit to a promise of making our city a better place."

Seattle is located in King County, and was named after William Rufus King and its flag and logo was a royal crown. But a motion was passed to change it to the image below of Martin Luther King, Jr.:



It may sound crazy, but it just makes me feel better seeing that image of MLK, Jr. almost everywhere I go here. Thinking of his legacy and the higher spiritual plane he lived upon, and an example to all Americans.



LOL! Or maybe 'Coming in the Spring of 2030':



Protesters take to streets of Seattle following Ferguson decision:



BY Josh Kerns - November 24, 2014

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Seattle Monday evening after a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting that left 18-year-old Michael Brown dead and sparked weeks of unrest in August.

A group staged a "die-in" in Seattle's Westlake Park, laying down in the street before marching to Capitol Hill and then onto the Central District.

KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse is with the demonstrators and reports while there is anger, there has been no violence...

Mayor Ed Murray urged calm in a speech following the decision.


"My message to the young African American men in Seattle today is this:
While we do not have the answers today, we in this city are listening to you.
Your city hears you. And your city loves you.
In this hour of pain, your city is absolutely committed to moving forward with you, together, towards greater peace and greater justice.
My message today to all Seattle residents is to ask that we all reach out to our neighbors - across racial and cultural lines in particular - commit to a promise of making our city a better place."

Seattle is located in King County, and was named after William Rufus King and its flag and logo was a royal crown. But a motion was passed to change it to the image below of Martin Luther King, Jr.:



Like the WTO. The tear gas looked pretty with colored lights reflecting on it at night.

























The scene on the ground as compared to the surrealness of the round the clock coverage on television, was less rightwing now, and quite painful.

VIDEO:



He quotes the Brown family and that they want major change, not violence, to be their son's legacy. He says there are real problems and 'Communities of color are not just making it up.'

That has been proven over and over again and the rights of POC must be acknowledged and their stories heard and used to make major changes. The process of learning is not going to be easy in the face of media induced willful ignorance.

The phrase, 'God help us' comes to mind. If not that, 'Grow up, people!'

One more:



Glad she is talking about this so well. I've posted these before, the video and pictures:







There is no way this isn't about Obama.

Thanks, Sheshe! Awesome prespective from him. Enjoy the week. Winds howling here, stay strong GF!



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