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If You Get Gang Raped, It's Your Fault

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Print2011 was a strange year for so many reasons, but two of them have become headlines once again in 2013. What do they have in common? A number of things, not the least of which is GANG RAPE.

Here's a short refresher:

The Daisy Coleman attack. HUFFPO:

Daisy Coleman

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A woman who says her family was forced to move from a northwest Missouri town after her 14-year-old daughter was plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted nearly two years ago refuted authorities' claims that she and her daughter stopped cooperating with investigators.

Melinda Coleman said Tuesday that justice was denied when Nodaway County's prosecutor dropped felony charges against two 17-year-old Maryville High School students in March 2012, two months after she found her daughter passed out on the family's front porch in below-freezing temperatures.

About the same time as this vicious 2011 attack, there was another, in Cleveland Texas. It was reported by the NEW YORK TIMES.

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The video led the police to an abandoned trailer, more evidence and, eventually, to a roundup over the last month of 18 young men and teenage boys on charges of participating in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in the abandoned trailer home, the authorities said.

Both of these horrific crimes share a number of similarities which makes one wonder, what is going on in society today? Here's some similarities:

Gang rape, accused teen attackers, victims become harassed, accused attackers include high school sports stars, victims plied with alcohol, AND in both cases, the communities have actually defended the attackers, not the victims.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:

The (Kansas City) Star's story described a town where many appeared to be closing ranks around the accused and suggesting the girls were somehow responsible for the incident. In April, after the family had moved, the family's home in Maryville was damaged in a fire, though a cause has not been determined.

NY TIMES:

They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.

“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record.

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

What?! Sympathy for the perpetrators? I know everyone here is innocent until proven guilty, but don't the victims deserve some benefit of the doubt? Is it fair to blame the girls or their families? To harass them? What's wrong with this picture?

Gang raping an 11 year old and two 14 year olds -- is this some kind of misunderstanding or is this the beginning of an epidemic. How many more attacks won't be reported because of community victimization of the victim. This is an outrage.

Here we are two years after these assaults and still no justice, merely pain and torment. Hey, if the accused were innocent, they should be let free. But if they're guilty, don't the victims deserve better treatment than this?

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Video- Recluse Grampy McCain: Democrats Had Better Not Try to Humiliate Republicans

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Snort, we don't have to do anything, ya'll are doing a fine job. Via Heather.

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VIDEO: "If I didn't know any better, I would think you were exchanging your judicial robes for a GOP seat in Congress."

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Melissa Harris-Perry, in part:

I would like to think a safe assumption that, of all people, a district court judge in Montana is intimately familiar with the laws in Montana. but your statements in court on Monday suggest that maybe you could use a bit of a refresher. So allow me to help you out.

According to Montana law, a victim is incapable of giving consent if the victim is less than 16 years old. Incapable of giving consent. Because, Judge Baugh, a victim less than 16 years old, in this case, a 14-year-old, is a child. A child like 44% of those who are victims of rape.

And the law codifies our collective understanding that children deserve special protections because their youth and immaturity makes them inherently disempowered in a sexual, as you call it, "situation" with an adult. Which means Charisse, this child, was in no way capable of controlling or consenting to the actions of the grown man who had sex with her, and I call her a victim here, not a survivor, because while she survived for the moment, she ultimately succumbed.

So she was no more able to prevent her rape than she was to somehow age herself beyond her 14 years.

So your statement that she was older than her chronological age, along with implicating her as a participant in her own assault, amounts to excusing the crimes of an adult while laying blame on a child that he victimized.

That child, Charisse, isn't even here anymore to speak for herself.

So if she were, she might tell you that it's this kind of shaming, the idea that it is somehow our own fault, that keeps so many survivors, including me, silent after their rape. And makes survivors four times as likely to contemplate the drastic action that Charisse ultimately chose to end their own lives.

Judge Baugh, it's bad enough that thanks to you an admitted child rapist will be a free man by the end of the month, but the day after the sentencing, you defended your decision by saying, quote, "I think that people have in mind that this was some kind of violent, forcible, horrible rape. It was horrible enough as it was, just given her age, but it wasn't this forcible, beat-up rape."

If I didn't know any better, I would think you were exchanging your judicial robes for a Republican seat in Congress, because you're sounding a lot like former Senator Todd "legitimate rape" Akin before his comments got him voted out of office.

So let me remind you a couple of the same things I reminded him of. First, rape is rape. full stop.

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Cartoons of the Day- Anthony Weiner for NYC Mayor

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Dave Granlund

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Jimmy Margulies

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Cartoon of the Day- "Pry From My Hands..."

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David Horsey.

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Another Sunday. More outrage to report.

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In what seems like another lifetime ago, our old pal and brilliant colleague Cliff Schecter used to write a Friday “Cliff’s Corner” post at AMERICAblog that always started out with, “Another week. More preposterousness to report.”

As I said in a previous post, I am tempted to take it from there on a weekly basis: Another Sunday. More outrage to report. I can’t and won’t watch all the Sunday talk shows, and sometimes I refuse to watch any of them. However, today I caught some of “This Week” and a few minutes of the"Meet the Press" panel.

Big mistake on my part.

I listened as the commentators praised George W. Bush for (paraphrasing) being a terrible president but a (not paraphrasing) "good man." A good man? Really? To repeat, a "good" man would not have:

  • Ignored clear warnings in a memo about the impending 9/11 terrorist attacks, resulting in the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil
  • Tortured people
  • Lied us into a fraudulent war or invaded a country that never attacked us
  • Embraced people like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, FEMA director Mike Heckuva Job Brownie, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, to name a few.
  • Joked about WMDs while troops were dying in his illegal war
  • Ignored Katrina victims
  • Lied about the link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda

I left out a few items from the other post because some of his policies were not due to his being an unethical guy, but because he is a Republican and disagrees with Democratic positions. I can't hold that against him personally; that doesn't necessarily make him a "good" or "bad" man. Torture, on the other hand...

Moving on. I then wasted minutes of my day that I'll never get back watching as most members of the panels lit into President Obama and their criticisms were virtually unchallenged. That despite the inaccuracies and misinformation being thrown around. And their TV audience was, again, being fed propaganda and opinion as if it were fact.

The most positive-- come to think of it, the only positive-- thing that was said about the president was that he killed it last night at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and should think about a career in stand-up comedy.

To recap, Bush is a "good man," President Obama is a good comic.

Nearly every week I post about media bias and how Sunday after Sunday, Republican talk show guests (often conservative) outnumber Democratic ones, and how real Progressives are rarely represented at all. Today the split was more even, but there were still very, very few authentically liberal liberals. Maybe one.

And week after week, propaganda and lies are disseminated, and Americans who rely on these shows receive a limited, and often biased, view of current events.

bias liberal media my ass smaller

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What else would we expect from Karl Rove?

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As usual, Karl Rove has no concept of reality, truth, or common decency:

"George W. Bush's flaws are greatly overshadowed by his virtues, starting with his moral clarity."

- Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal, via Taegan

Hey Turdblossom, if Bush had any moral clarity whatsoever, he wouldn't have hired you, relied on you, or befriended you.

He also wouldn't have:

  • Ignored clear warnings in a memo about the impending 9/11 terrorist attacks, resulting in the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil
  • Tortured people
  • Lied us into a fraudulent war or invaded a country that never attacked us
  • Created the worst economy since the Great Depression
  • Cut taxes for the wealthy, showing utter disdain for the 99%
  • Appointed right wing ideologues to the Supreme Court and other federal courts
  • Embraced people like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, FEMA director Mike Heckuva Job Brownie, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, to name a few.
  • Joked about WMDs while troops were dying in his illegal war
  • Ignored Katrina victims
  • Lied about the link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda
  • Authorized warrantless wiretapping

And that's just for starters.

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