Monday, January 29, 2007

Times When I Really Love My City

This story truly has it all.

For a little background, Gasparilla is a local pirate festival that happens annually. It usually looks like great fun (besides the night party of "Zomg show me ur boobz!1"), but now I'm not too sure I'll ever be going now that I know that I might get arrested should I get raped while there.

So the story is that a young Tampa student was walking to her car from Gasparilla when a man grabbed her and dragged her away to rape her. When she got away to call the police, they helped her at first but then arrested her because of an outstanding warrant from when she was a juvenile. She was then denied bail and had to spend the night in jail. I am so happy that another woman could spend the night in jail for being a rape victim while her rapist runs free.

Check out this quote from the victim's mother:

"They were more interested in prosecuting her for something that's a paperwork snafu from four years ago, that was juvenile. They were more interested in working on that than finding an experienced rapist," stated the victim's mother.
Absolutely true, from what I've been able to find out about this horrendous case. Not only that, but we have a fundie medical supervisor at the jailhouse who refused to give the victim the emergency contraception that had been prescribed to her. Apparently, she used the religion excuse to try to finish the job of the woman's rapist. The woman's attorney isn't taking many prisoners in his interviews, however, so at least he's on the ball. Check out these pretty powerful words:

"The medical supervisor would not allow her to take the pill because she said it was against her, the supervisor's, religion. So, here we have a medical supervisor imposing her beliefs on a rape victim," claimed the victim's attorney Virlyn Moore. "As a human being, how someone could be so violated by this monster and then the system comes along and rapes her again psychologically and emotionally - it's outrageous and unconscionable."

Preach it, dude. I hope you get this girl a very good settlement. Sew the city for everything they've got and then get the medical supervisor who should have picked "preacher" out of the hat instead of "medical professional" when blindly choosing a career path.

So, let's see:

Woman raped in broad daylight? Check.
Police generally treating her like crap? Check.
Victim punished for being a victim? Check.
Victim denied emergency contraception by Bible beating moron? Check.
Rapist not brought to justice? Check.

Told you it had it all.

Truly I am disgusted by the area in which I live.


Caitlain said...

Isn't that just the most disgusting thing ever? Raped by a rapist, and raped by the system.

FEMily! said...

If she was a minor when she was supposedly sentenced to pay restitution, wouldn't it be her parent or guardian who would have to pay? So even if it wasn't a paperwork error, the warrant shouldn't have been out for her arrest. Or are restitution sentences imposed on a minor deferred until the minor turns 18? I'm not sure how that works.

Anonymous said...

I... I don't know what to say. I have shared this story with so many people and I had nightmares about it the other night. At, all you see are pictures of "aborted fetuses," which are all either dolls, miscarriages, or partial birth abortions. Here we see the truth: that people really just desire to control other people with their religious beliefs. It's just so sickening. It is totally fine to be against EC, though I don't know why you would be other than being misinformed and thinking it's abortion. But nobody has the right to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to control other people. This is actually how sociopaths work. I'm so sad for this young girl.