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Monday, October 21, 2013

Fuck Off... Just Don't Rape, Bro

There is yet another case of the rape and shaming of a young girl. This time it happened in Maryville, MO. another small southern town that worships football and apparently hates women. Once again, it took the Hacktivist group Anonymous to bring it to light. The young woman has been attacked, abused, both verbally and emotionally, and has had her house burned down.

This case has many similarities to the Steubinville case, where two high school football players were convicted of raping another student, and dragging her to several parties, where they were encouraged and filmed. In the Maryville case, two young girls were drinking at home, were invited to a High School Senior's house. He and another boy drugged and raped the young women, then dumped them off in the freezing weather, to fend for themselves. Daisy Coleman, one of the two young women, was scratching at her front door, when her mother heard the noise, and opened the door.She immediately took her daughter to the emergency room and had her fears confirmed. Her daughter had been raped. Raped and left on the yard, in the snow, like a piece of refuse to that hopefully someone else would have to deal with later.

The victims called the police, there was an investigation, which the police said would almost certainly lead to a conviction. There was apparently video on a cell phone, that recorded the most damning evidence. The police, by all reports handled the investigation above board.Then suddenly the girls are being treated like criminals. They are separated and told that each one is telling the investigators the other is lying. They community finds out what is going on and starts harassing the victims. They are treated to verbal abuse, publicity campaigns against them, their entire lives are exposed, and Daisy's house was burned to the ground.

Just today, the Missouri Attorney General appointed a special prosecutor, to reopen the case. Hopefully we'll see some movement now, and justice for Daisy and the other girl that were violated. This is a good sign, since this has become such a public issue, now. Since Steubenville, there have been several women that have come forward to show us that these are not isolated incidents. This is becoming more and more prevalent, and is indicative of a larger culture of rape in this country. More people need to come forward, and more importantly, more people need to teach these young men that it's not okay in the first place.

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