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October 18, 2013

Maybe your high school football team shouldn't perform skits about gang raping girls?

Parents, Principal Dispute Description of Skit as ‘Gang Rape’ | Valley News
The school report, which Hanover police released last Friday as a public record, described this scenario from one of the skits choreographed for freshmen players by the team’s older members: “A girl refused to have sex with a boy and then five more guys came along and they gang banged her.” The report later written by Robinson said: “A girl refused to have sex with a boy and then five more guys gang raped her.” In an email, Robinson addressed whether there is a difference between “gang rape and “gang bang.” He wrote: “I guess the only question is how it is interpreted. Sounds pretty similar, however, if the school staff is saying that what is meant in their report that it was consensual group sex then I would defer to them.” The skits occurred during the day at a home in Norwich after a preseason football practice. Robinson became involved as part of an investigation into whether the activities constituted hazing, which is a crime. (In the end, he decided not to cite any of the students.) Abby Tassel, the assistant director of WISE, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that provides crisis services to people affected by domestic and sexual violence, praised Hanover High’s initial response to news of the skits. Calling the activity “egregiously inappropriate,” Campbell canceled the team’s homecoming game, among other measures. But Tassel worried that “splitting hairs” now over descriptions of the skit perpetuates a culture in which boys and men see women as objects to be “banged.” “I find it really hard to imagine that a woman would truly consent to a quote-unquote gang bang,” Tassel said. “That’s just not the message we want to be sending young men.”

October 17, 2013

KKK battles Florida town over high school named for founder of the Klan

KKK Battles With Town Over Renaming School Named For Klan Founder | ThinkProgress
Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, home to the fighting Confederate Rebels, is named after a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and confederate general. It has been since 1959, when administrators changed the name to show their defiance to school integration laws enforced by Brown v Board of Education. But town residents, fed up with kowtowing to racial extremists, are looking to change that. One Jacksonville resident launched a Change.org petition that has so far garnered over 150,000 signatures, asking the Duval County School Board to change the name. The board members are only people with the power to do so — and, back in 2008, they voted against a name change by a vote of 5 to 2. “I don’t want my daughter, or any student, going to a school named under those circumstances,” the petition’s author, resident Omotayo Richmond writes, “This is a bad look for Florida — with so much racial division in our state, renaming Forrest High would be a step toward healing.” Richmond has some high-profile opponents: The KKK is getting involved in the fight.

A Short Guide to Who Is To Blame in Cases of Sexual Assault

A Short Guide to Who Is To Blame in Cases of Sexual Assault — Dianna E. Anderson
Sexual assault and rape are never, ever, the fault of anyone else but the rapist. Full stop. No coda. No “but.” No addendum. It is never the fault of the victim. They are never “complicit” in their own assault, and the actions they chose to take have no bearing on whether or not a person raped them. Perpetuating anything else – like Emily Yoffe did in Slate this morning – is to cast doubt and aspersions upon victims who are already being doubted – by their friends, by their family, by the police, by the prosecutors. Correlation between events – people getting drunk and people getting raped – is not causation, a basic statistical truth that seems to fail society when the question of sexual assault comes into play. Even if a remarkable number of people were drunk when they were assaulted, that does not mean that their drunkenness played a role. It simply means that we seem to have a whole lotta rapists on college campuses. And these rapists know how to use preconceived notions about “safety” and “provocation” to their advantage, to blame their victims, and to escape consequences. It’s time to flip the script.

October 11, 2013

15-year-old suicides after being labeled a sex offender for streaking

These lists destroy lives and are used all too frequently as a blunt instrument by prosecutors trying to make a point. Boy, 15, kills himself after ‘facing expulsion and being put on sex offender registry’ for STREAKING at high school football game | Engineering Evil
A popular 15-year-old student has committed suicide after he reportedly faced expulsion and being placed on the sex offenders’ register simply for streaking at a high school football game. Christian Adamek, from Huntsville, Alabama, hanged himself on October 2, a week after he was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High football field during a game. The teenager died two days later from his injuries and on Wednesday, friends and family gathered at a memorial service as they struggled to comprehend the beloved student’s death. A video of Adamek streaking during a game against a rival team was posted on YouTube hours after the event and students took to Twitter to call him a ‘legend’. . . .