Monday, September 20, 2010

I am SO glad there's no need for feminism anymore!

The circulation of the photos and cruel comments posted online have police fuming -- especially suggestions by some partygoers that the victim "asked for it" or deserved to be raped.

"Regardless of what people believe they might have seen that night, or think they might have heard, this was a rape. This girl could've been anybody's sister, daughter or friend," RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Hyland said.

Teenage Justin was at the party, and he said he's skeptical.

"We are thinking it's being over-exaggerated. I don't think she was as messed up as she's making it out to be," he said. "I don't think she was raped.... Apparently she was saying stuff."

Police are disgusted by teens' reactions to the suspected rape.

"The youth don't seem to understand that this is a rape. There's this thought that somehow it was consensual and some 16-year-old wants her private parts displayed out in a field with people watching and men taking advantage of her," Insp. Darren Lench said.

"That's the disgusting part."

Comments echoed online

After the pictures appeared on Facebook and other social-networking sites, similarly shocking comments followed.

People wrote that the victim is a "Straight up WHORE," a "complete slut," and someone even suggested, "Cmon who's not down for a gang bang."

Merlyn Horton of the Safe Online Outreach Society, says teenagers don't understand the consequences of what they say or post online.

"Young people are dis-inhibited when they go online. It's difficult to connect that there are real people, real relationships and real feelings that are being impacted because they are behind the insulation of a computer screen," Horton said.

Read more and vomit!

Preventing Sexual Assault: Tips Guaranteed to Work!

Please distribute this list. Put it up in your place of work, in your university’s library or wherever you think they might be read:

1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “by accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

Courtesy of: Feminist Philosophers