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Country Music Stars Seeing Actual Rape Victims and Casualties at Concerts


Country music is a culture in and of itself, and believe you me (it ain't all Love, Peace and Bernie up here) Rednecks have been waiting on the Lipton Brigade since the '30's in certain parts of the deep Country conn-tray.

'Tailgate Rape' we women were SO not ready for at music concerts. Especially the better-stocked tailgate/bars blasting the artist of the day or night … that open at dawn and rock and rowdy it up, and the punches are flying far into the moonlight.

Or daytime, the abusers don't seem to care it if it be  broad daylight, 'Day Drinking' is the hit of the summer in many a way:

Catchy, Little Big Town.
Blame it on the tick-tock moving too slow


Keith Urban is one of the kindest and most tender Country artists, and he's even an Aussie! I can only imagine how the artists are reacting to all of this. Tailgating was once threatened by state law, pretty sure it was revoked, with extreme prejudice, by Happy Hour.

This took place in Mansfield, MA near Boston, as well, not at Fancy Farm. From Raw Story.

According to The Sun Chronicle, Mansfield police determined that 18-year-old Sean Murphy began kissing the 17-year-old girl after meeting her at the concert on Sunday, and then took her away from her friends to another part of the outdoor amphitheater. She said that she went with him because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t agree.

After removing the girl’s shorts and underwear, Murphy reportedly began having sex with her.

Police said that 15 or more concert-goers gathered around to watch, and even recorded the incident on their cell phones. Some of those photographs and videos had been recovered as evidence.

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban- Sydney Smiles | Celebrity Baby Scoop

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban- Sydney Smiles | Celebrity Baby Scoop

The attack only allegedly came to an end when a woman [witness] asked the victim if the act was consensual.

“Do you want this?” the woman was heard screaming.

According to a police report, the girl said, “no,” and then a witness “saw the female break free and run.”

Urban [who I've fantasized about for years like thousands of other dames, that man is Fine], was devastated when riotous violence erupted at his last large gig In nearby Massachusetts this week.
Anyone else suspect the Ever So Contrary Tea Party Operatives? You might want to don your complimentary TPC Wellies and the big size of our Method™ Troll Spray.

This is the mentality we stand across the moral divide from. And clearly there's a happenin'  Open Bar every 600 yards at the opposite side. In an Open Carry state your odds go up a LOT of being Raped or dead after the next class Nashville super-star acts begin upping the ante.



I myself enjoy a little good modern Country like The I'm Not Ready to Make Nice mavens, The Dixie Chicks (And their politics) and both Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are out o' the Republican Coatroom, among others. From messnbc:

Guns and shots (or apparently lager for horseys), pistolos and te-quiuilllla(!), Open Carry and Open Bar … these are clearly things that not ought to be consumed from dawn to when you stumble on back home or manage to  get your drooling state of inebriation duly noted by someone who can lock you up just for that.

This was seemingly a recently unleashed guy,(who now just Lives for who Jack Daniels) is under investigation, [the rapist from Boston] could not find the sensible cut-off stage but didn't truly realize that for a lengthy hangover) arrested for being arsehole drunk - unapologetically arseholey hammered.

Urban himself told The Rolling Stone:

My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected," it reads. "This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.

Image courtesy of Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage

Image courtesy of Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage


Wouldn't be right not to add an Urban video. Specially for the Ladies. Urban wrote this one for the troops, and all profits were donated to the Navy Seals.

Also a tight tune, Urban with Miranda Lambert.


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"Doonesbury" confronts rape: "Welcome to the military, ladies."


doonesbury welcome to the military ladies rape cartoon

doonesbury military rape

Garry Trudeau isn't pulling any punches in this week's Sunday offering, and for that we should all thank him. The treatment of women (and men!) in the military who reported having been sexually assaulted is abysmal. So abysmal, in fact, that women all too often will not step forward because they know how it will all turn out.

Hence, this Doonesbury strip. Standing O, Mr. Trudeau.

To refresh your memory, Think Progress reported this back in November:

A new report released on Wednesday calls on Congress to pass new reforms related to sexual assault in the military, a problem that the Defense Department estimates occurred approximately 26,000 times over the course of the last year but may in fact be even higher. [...]

In 2012, of the 26,000 military personnel estimated to have experienced sexual assault, 14,000 were men and 12,000 were women,” the report notes. The opening of new positions to women within the armed services is also dismissed as a reason for an increase in estimated sexual assaults. [...]

Anu Bhagwhati, a former Marine and founder of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), also spoke to reporters on the call about her experience while serving. “As a former commander, and a Marine who saw my own share of harassment, discrimination and betrayal, I saw swept under the rug often by senior officers often enough to know that sweeping institutional change is needed to give survivors of sexual violence a shot at justice.” SWAN helped draft the Gillibrand’s bill, Bhagwhati explained, arguing that it strengthens justice for both the victims and the accused.


Campus Safety A Lie. Campus Justice Non-Existent. Schools Protect The Attacker


Amhurst College

It used to be that going to college was not an issue of safety, but one of getting a higher education, transitioning from teen to adult and gaining a foot up on the future. Now it's become one of concern for personal safety.

These are but a few examples of what can only be called a spate of harmful incidents reported by HuffPo:

Alyssa Palazzo woke up just after midnight on Oct. 5, 2012, as someone screamed outside her residence hall at the University of Connecticut.

It was UConn running back Lyle McCombs, who Palazzo said was yelling, spitting and hitting his girlfriend. A few young men she believed to be his roommates stood by and watched, she said. Palazzo called police, and McCombs was arrested and charged that night with a misdemeanor, second-degree breach of peace.

Uconn campus

After reading that, I then read this in a separate HuffPo article:

Two former Amherst College students who said they had been raped at the school in Massachusetts filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the school of improper responses that one woman said included sending her to a psychiatric ward. Six current and former students at Vanderbilt University also filed Education Department complaints, saying the school in Nashville, Tenn., failed to properly respond to their reports of sex crimes or harassment. One said the university pressured her to allow the school to handle a stalking complaint, but failed to take action against the accused stalker.

Campus violence against women and men happens. It shouldn't, but it does. So it's the school's response to these attacks that is very important. Forcing a victim into a psych ward because she was attacked while letting the assailant go free doesn't seem to be sending the right message? Something's wrong here.

In the UConn case, the accused, McCombs, was given a warning by the school and placed on probation. But it didn't end there. He was a member of the school's football team, so his coach on the Huskies team was assigned the task of further discipline.

UConn football head coach Paul Pasqualoni decided the next day that McCombs' punishment for violating team rules would be sitting on the bench for 15 minutes.

Hardly even a hand slap for the attacker.

But what about the young woman who was attacked? She left school. And what about the girl who witnessed and reported the attack? She appealed to UConn for help.

Palazzo complained that she had to live in the same building as McCombs (the attacker) for the rest of the school year. "What about my safety?" she asked.

Palazzo said that the administrator replied, "If you feel unsafe, then you shouldn’t say anything at all."

What? She shouldn't have reported the attack? If I'm being assaulted I hope someone will call 911. What is this, the Kitty Genovese tragedy all over again?

As for the UConn football coach with the 15 minute timeout punishment, he went merrily along for another two years, despite another sexual assault charge against one of his players the following year. The kid got no punishment, not even the timeout.

So sexual crimes have no bearing on the university's disciplinary actions, especially when it's committed by a football star. Maybe sports put you outside the reach of justice. Ah, but then karma rears it's fateful head. This season, when the UConn football team started this season 0-4, the coach was fired.

What's the message here--everything's okay when you're winning? Allowing players to get away with these attacks is deemed appropriate? But lose the first four games of the season and the school will have you sh**-canned.

Now quickly back to the Amherst and Vanderbilt attacks. Perhaps justice was done there. Sorry, no dice. No charges were made against the assailants. One of the female victims did receive the school's full attention. She was forced against her will into the psych ward at the school's hospital while her attackers went free.

There is a campus sexual violence epidemic. And sadly the message UConn, Amherst and Vandy are sending is clear -- If you can't do the time, don't report the crime.

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