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And now … the GOP War On Women Turns To Verified Rape Victims

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What would Maya Angelou say?

George Will coming out of the closet as a rape apologist should have been warning that the camo is coming off the old white male faces. Have a listen to his latest thoughts on sexual violence on college campuses, catch up at Raw Story.

Will asserts that making the leap from “forcible sexual penetration” to “nonconsensual touching” is too broad of a definition for sexual assault, and denigrates the “doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape,” worrying about the costs of litigation for the universities and the reputations of college men accused of assault.

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Worse?!? The existence of a backlog of rape kits that should humiliate SCROTUS itself. The offensive, unjust, rapidly-accumulating numbers and the systemic devaluation of finding justice for one of the most heinous crimes man can commit are shocking.

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Anyone who has seen an episode of Law & Order S.V.U. knows how critical a rape kit is to a case.

And underneath that legal case is a woman, a rawly, recently broken woman, who knows that the precious shreds of DNA taken from her in painful, violating ways may be the only clues a jury will take seriously enough for her to find justice. And any hopes of knitting that shattered life back together.

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You're 24 years old and in Tennessee, far as can be from a Hollywood set and that much more embarrassing because you know everyone in that little town and they know you. Collecting leftover semen and skin scrapings from under your raw, torn fingernails all happened in a fog, but you were repeatedly told by someone like Detective Olivia (goddess forfend as kind and a female at all) that this was EVIDENCE.

Your body is a crime scene. That is a reality that has been experienced by far too many women to ponder without a rage response. Girls and women of all ages, brought in by police of family, or having somehow gathered the inner strength to commit to doing the ultimate Walk of Shame and report a sexual assault with the intent to prosecute.

With great relief you watch the technicians finish your rape kit, and are congratulated for having chosen to stand up and fight back.

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Then, crickets. The big cricket chorale of We Don't Care. The young Ronan Farrow of MSNBC afternoon earnestness, gave the absurd and disgusting rape kit backlog story a slot in his 'Call To Action' series this summer, a worthy cause.

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Prepare to be more outraged that usual, and there's more in a shocking second segment.

And he then he and guests tell us of The Hundreds Of Thousands, yes I said Hundreds Of Thousands of backlogged rape kits lying around in storage.

GOP: shock and rage would be the appropriate response. Not cutting, cutting cutting every service that might help anyone other than the 1%. Not making women invisible and their justice meaningless.

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Rape survivor to TPC: "Say something and be barraged with accusations"

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rape victim it could be you Awhile back, our own David Garber posted this: Rape: Unspeakable Crime, But Not Speaking Is Also Not Responsible. Under that post is a comment by one of our regular readers/commenters, flan59 . She has graciously given her permission to post that comment here. She was raped by a "bad guy with a gun." Her words are electrifying, terrifying, brave, and deserving of a post of their own. Verbatim:

It's fear. At least in my case it was. Paralyzing fear. Of everything. It was over and I wanted to forget it happened.

I have always felt guilty and have worried that my attacker went on to rape others. It is the shame I live with every day... not the attempted rape...as I fought off my rapist successfully....who had a gun, by the way...

... and still, my boss yelled at me for sleeping with my window open as if the attack was my fault.

Yeah...so even me...asleep in my own bed...gets the lecture...I should have known better...sleeping with my own window open...what was I thinking? So you can imagine how a woman who was date raped feels...

Say something and be barraged with accusations...that is what women who are raped deal with.

And it seems the guy threatened them. That is why incest victims don't speak out either.

Flan followed up with an email:

By the way - all of the gun rhetoric and blaming the victim talk that is all over the news and social media has caused flashbacks and I am now in treatment for PTSD. My PTSD is caused by other traumas too - entire childhood with a verbally abusive alcoholic father - losing my twin brother Paul at 16 to schizophrenia - and then at 48 to lung cancer. I have lost several jobs recently because of it and am in serious debt, further sending me into my black hole.

I have found a great therapist and psychiatrist and have been in treatment for the last month or so. It was a good thing I started when I did because I lost my nephew in Jan and my sister-in-law two weeks ago, both under very tragic circumstances.

It seems the bad shit will never end. Then I hear the horror stories from my friends who have "Pauls" of their own who are getting incarcerated, victimized, becoming homeless, and dying from suicide or by cops - and it is all too much. I am so glad I got into therapy because I didn't know how much more of this I could take.

This needs no further commentary. Thank you, Flan, for allowing TPC to share your story, your feelings, your pain, and above all, your courage.

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Pedophile Pastor's Most Amazing Apology -- You Don't Say

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Years ago there used to be daytime game shows on every network. They were a staple item, so to speak. It was soaps, gamers and an occasional talk show -- Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin come to mind.

One of the very popular audience participation shows -- the technical name for game shows in that era -- was one called, "YOU DON'T SAY." Its concept was to get your partner to say a famous persons name based on clues. These clues were discerned when the player left off the last word of the sentence. From that the partner had to guess a famous name. An example. "The head of a college or university is usually referred to as the (blank). The hope is the partner would answer dean and then they would guess Dean Martin. Pretty simple stuff. Leaving off the last word was the gimmick of YOU DON'T SAY.

The point of the story is that the host of the show, first Jack Barry and later Tom Kennedy, would begin show with the immortal words, "It's not what you say that counts, it's what YOU DON'T SAY."

Well, perhaps this show has been brought back and you didn't know it. But from the feverish rantings against the Christian Journal, some people have gotten the memo.

From Raw Story comes this headline:

Ex-youth Pastor Describes Felony Sex Crimes as Extramarital ‘Friendship’ in Christian Journal

The clue here are the words, extramarital friendship when used to describe a pedophile rape.

The story goes on to talk about the apology letter the convicted youth pastor wrote and was printed online at the Christian Journal. It drew such ire that a hashtag was set up and used by hundreds of Twitter users urging Leadership Journal, which is published by Christianity Today, to #TakeDownThisPost.

What's got all of these folks in an uproar? Well, despite a 2,540 word essay of apology, the convicted child sex offending pastor neglected to mention the words "rape," “crime,” “law,” “statutory,” or “illegal.” Imagine an apology of 2,540 words and somehow none of the truly descriptive nouns or adjectives made their way into this essay?

How do you apologize for committing the illegal crime of statutory rape on a child which is obviously against the law without using those words. See, I used all of those words in one sentence. I didn't need 2000+ to do it.

And that's what got me thinking. Maybe this pastor is auditioning to be a contestant on the return of YOU DON'T SAY.

He's certainly got the concept down -- it's not what you say that counts, it's what you don't say. Where's that Tom Kennedy when you need him?

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White Supremacy and the Bundy Tea Party Terrorize the Vegas Strip

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The two Metro cops having a working guy's lunch at CiCi's on the Vegas strip couldn't have seen it coming.

LVMPD Officer Igor Soldo, 31, was catching a refill at the self-serve soda machine when an armed female 'in line' behind him put a bullet in his brain. She then turned to his seated colleague, Officer Alyn Beck, 41, and mortally wounded him with the remaining rounds before sprinting with her partner to a nearby Walmart to continue the terror.

According to The Las Vegas Review Journal, the real-life Criminal Minds level-of-sick shooting rampage had just begun. Domestic terrorism has many faces of hate.

Crossing the swastika-wearing modern KKK with the Obama Era Tea Party gave birth to the expected monster.

The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. They then covered the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.”

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An early angle of truly deeply creepy is that - allegedly - cough  - the shooter, Jared Miller,  was part of the Cliven Bundy Militia and Tea Party Extravaganza we all enjoyed so much earlier this season.  That explained a LOT.

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The man told Monroe [a neighbor of the couple] he had been kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas while people from throughout the U.S. gathered there in protest of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy’s cattle.” Jessica Anderson, 27, said. She lived next door.

Rick's Café Moment, right?  Warning after liberal warning ensued after the Strap On Militia was encouraged to leave the Bundy Ranch, which apparently only served to incite the deepest levels of hate-crazed gun-nuttery.

After they finished off the two cops at CiCi's Pizza, the couple fled to a nearby Walmart where another innocent woman was summarily executed.  Whether they were going for Walmart's well-stocked munitions depot we may find out with the remaining nauseating details.

The shooters were a married couple thought to be in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Police are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement and found swastika symbols during their initial investigation.

In a Monday press conference, local officials revealed that Miller had deeply resented being kicked off the Bundy Ranch Lipton Brigade Militia because he had a criminal record.

Background checks???!!!

Professor Eric Michael  Dyson filled in superbly for Ed over at MSNBC earlier tonight and this footage gets to the heart of the matter.

 

These good guys with guns were killed by bad guys with guns they never should have been allowed to put their violent hands on. Answer to that, NRA.

 

 

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Never Too Young Or Too Old To Be Accosted By Cops In Miami Gardens, Florida

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If Florida has become the laughing stock of the country when it comes to law enforcement, then this story should come as no surprise. Miami Gardens, Florida. Ever hear of it? It's a city on the northern border of Miami. It's estimated population, as of 2011 is around 110,000. That number will be relevant in a moment.

Before that though, it's interesting to take note that the city has its own stop and frisk laws. And if you thought what was happening in New York under Bloomberg was shameful, here's the big apple on steroids.

From Fusion Network (co-owned by the Disney Corporation and Univision Communications) -- known for also owning ABC News and Univision Television comes a startling series of reports.

In the summer of 2010, a young black man was stopped and questioned by police on the streets of Miami Gardens, Florida. According to the report filled out by the officer, he was "wearing gray sweatpants, a red hoodie and black gloves” giving the police "just cause” to question him. In the report, he was labeled a "suspicious person.”

He was an 11-year-old boy on his way to football practice.

That might seem a bit "aggressive" but cops have to be vigilant for our safety.

A Fusion investigation has found that he was just one of 56,922 people who were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) between 2008 and 2013. That’s the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population.

Here's the topper:

Not one of them was arrested.

Let's back up. Half of the city's population has been stopped and frisked and not one arrest?

According to a review of 99,980 "field contact” reports, they were stopped, written up and often identified as "suspicious” -- but just like the 11-year-old boy -- the encounter was recorded in a public database, and they were let go.

Fusion’s analysis of more than 30,000 pages of field contact reports, shows how aggressive and far-reaching the police actions were. Some residents were stopped, questioned and written up multiple times within minutes of each other, by different officers. Children were stopped by police in playgrounds. Officers even wrote a report identifying a five-year-old child as a "suspicious person."

Lest you think just tweens and teens are being targeted, seniors as well.

Senior citizens were stopped and questioned near their retirement home, including a 99-year-old man deemed to be "suspicious.”

What made this 99 year old suspicious other than he was still breathing on his own at that age? And God bless him, BTW.

Two officers from the MGPD told Fusion that high-ranking department officials gave them orders to "bring in the numbers” by conducting stops and arrests. One officer said he was ordered to stop all black males between 15 and 30 years of age.

What is this whole thing is about? It's an outrage. Can there be any valid defense of these actions? Here's the Miami Garden's Police Department's official justification for this program that's stopped so many and arrested so few (if you call zero being a few).

According to the current police chief, simply being in a "high crime area” may be enough reason to stop and question people. Because of the city’s high crime rate, this means virtually any person can be stopped.

If this stop and frisk program was working, then why is there a high crime area? It should have little to none -- just like their arrest reports. This is nothing more than institutional harassment and needs to be stopped.  This is as blatant as civil rights infringements can get.

If you want to see for yourself how random all of this is, check out this video from Fusion.

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Hey, Reagan: SWAT is Stun-Grenading Babies Cribs fer' Your War On Drugs in GA

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Ronald Reagan, from whatever sorry level of hell drew the short straw, I hope you are looking up.

There's a 19 month-old innocent baby boy, paralyzed, in a coma, in a burn unit, in Georgia … and you started the absurd immoral War On Drugs that put him there.

The GOP crusade on drugs, sanity and done-borned babies is alive and well in Atlanta. Cue Deliverance, this is a sick-arse tale.

According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, with the force of only a 'no-knock warrant', local SWAT seeking an arrest lobbed a stun grenade into the home and onto the infant's pillow -- where ARE they training these Southern arms of the law?

It's a deeply disturbing tale of 'Cops' quality tactics in the real world South. Baby Bounkham's mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, shared her disbelief and pain.

“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face. He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”

"He's in the burn unit. We go up to see him and his whole face is ripped open. He has a big cut on his chest," Phonesavanh said. "He's only 19 months old. He didn't do anything."

 

Nixon may have foreshadowed your policies, but you, Reagan, escalated the war that has imprisoned, killed or ruined good human beings with your fanatical zealotry.

If they are running a tally of the dead, your War On Drugs monument should be HUGE.

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Rape: Unspeakable Crime, But Not Speaking Is Also Not Responsible

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Raw Story:

An Arizona high school student has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting up to 18 girls and threatening to kill victims and witnesses, the Pinal County Sheriff’s office said.Tyler Kost, 18, was being held without bond after being arrested on Thursday, suspected of assaults on high school students between early 2011 and last month, the sheriff’s office said.

One of the alleged victims was 13 years old, it said.

Kost is accused of 18 assaults, so chances are this isn't going to be defended by a "he said, she said" defense or even it was just a "misunderstanding". This is a serial attacking that was going on. But did it have to be?

“Tyler Kost was a predator who threatened, harassed, stalked and then either forcibly sexually abused or sexually assaulted his victims,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement.

But it makes you wonder how many of these heinous attacks could have been prevented. It's a lot to place any blame on victims for the crimes inflicted upon them. But what about the attacks and brutality committed on those who were assaulted after others became victims themselves?

What is a victim's responsibility?

I've never been raped, so I can only imagine the nightmarish trauma. What follows is sideline speculation. And it's out of genuine concern for others that I have to ask why didn't anyone of these victims report the attacker? It's implied that they feared for their safety. I get it. But if they had spoken up to authorities, any of them, there's a chance that the victims who followed them might never have become victims at all.

Why is it our society fears retribution? Is it poor police procedures? Is it the stigma we assign so greatly to rape and sexual assault victims as opposed to the criminals who commit these crimes? Is it sexism? Embarrassment?

Whatever it is, there's real questions here and a bit of blame on all of us for not making it easier for victims to get through a traumatic experience with the most protection possible, so serial crimes like this don't happen. Eighteen victims. Doesn't it make you wonder what would have been had victims 1-17 spoken up?

We need to do something. Our society is to blame here. Not the 18 total victims. We have to change our thinking and stand up, be strong and support those who've had wrong done to them. It's important to make it easier for the victims to feel comfortable enough to share all the truth with the authorities. Silence just leads to further victimization.

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