Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Anyone just watch HBO's "Rape in a Small Town?"

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:54 PM
Original message
Anyone just watch HBO's "Rape in a Small Town?"
My god what a heartbreaker.

Here's the story:

ALTON Viciously raped and beaten in her own bed over 13 years ago, Florence Holway, then a 76-year-old great-grandmother, became something she never thought she would be a very vocal, extremely powerful voice for victims rights and the driving force behind the reform of New Hampshires rape laws.

As her story hits television this Tuesday, in the form of an HBO documentary, legal experts and victims advocates recall how her courage to come forward and tell her story drew attention to lax sentencing and the inconsistent treatment of victims of rape and sexual assault.

"What she has done and what she is doing is vital to our search to end domestic violence," said Delilah Smith, director of Womens Services and Gender Resources at Plymouth State University. "It puts a name and a face to victims of rape and assault. The more individuals who come forward, the more people will see that it can happen to anyone."

Sandra Matheson, director of the State Office of Victim/Witness Assistance said Holways case became the catalyst for change in New Hampshire.

"Her ability and courage to come forward and speak about her attack; and, to have a sexual assault victim that didnt fit the mold, drew peoples outrage," Matheson said.

More at: http://www.fosters.com/January2005/01.09.05/news/su_01....

Here's a photo of the victim:


She's a firecracker. I hope I have half her spirit when I am her age.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:55 PM
Response to Original message
1. watching right now. It's so sad,but I'm so proud of that lady!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:03 PM
Response to Original message
2. And Maddy, can you believe how wonderful her son and daughter
in law are to her. OMG, what good people!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:17 PM
Response to Reply #2
3. Yes.
Did you catch that she was divorced and raised her sons alone?

Somehow, calling her a "victim" just doesn't fit. That woman is a survivor.

(I know this sounds silly, but I just might wire her a bouquet tomorrow.) :-)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:27 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. Not silly at all - she is a hero! n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:36 PM
Response to Original message
5. Read a revew in todays NYT. Sounded interesting. Said that a lot of
questions remained unanswered... like why the heck the guy did and what he was all about.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:37 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. Wonder if it's online. I'll go look.
Did you read it in the online version? Thanks.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Oct 02nd 2014, 11:53 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC