The Occupy Baltimore PR rape pamphlet. ‘Rape’ is not ‘rape rape’, when it occurs inside an OWS neo-com commune.
Victims, what victims? All that matters is that heinous crimes are quashed internally.Ã‚Â Taking preemptive steps to encourage the sweeping under the rug of reports of women being sexually assaulted by their fellow revolutionaries. Preventing public relations nightmares at all costs, is the name of this twisted game.
Wow, just wow.
(Baltimore Sun) –Efforts by the Occupy Baltimore protest group to evolve into a self-contained, self-governing community have erupted into controversy with the distribution of a pamphlet that victim advocates and health workers fear discourages victims of sexual assaults from contacting police.
The pamphlet says that members of the protest group who believe they are victims or who suspect sexual abuse “are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee,” which will investigate and “supply the abuser with counseling resources.”
The directive also says, in part, “Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities.”
Despite this caveat, the heads of three rape crisis centers and a nurse who runs the forensic division at Mercy Medical Center called the message about not involving police dangerous. They said it contains erroneous information that could undermine efforts to convince victims to properly report crimes and get the counseling they need.
“It might actually passively prevent someone from seeking justice,” said Jacqueline Robarge, the executive director of Power Inside, a nonprofit support group that helps women who have been victimized.
The hodgepodge of anti-establishment activists who have erected a tent city at the Inner Harbor as part of the broader Occupy Wall Street movement are trying to develop their own rules of conduct, developed through committees and approved by a general assembly.
“I understand that they want to transform themselves,” Robarge said. “But they have to do that in the context of our culture and community. … We’re talking about people’s lives here.”
The “security statement” appears to be one of several attempts to govern what the memo calls “our newly forming, delicate yet strong community.”
A spokeswoman, Jessica Lewis, a 31-year-old publicist, said the statement “in no way discourages people to contact the police.” But she said Occupy Baltimore, now entering its third week, is “trying to be a self-contained community and deal with conflicts internally as much as possible.”
Lewis said there have been no reports of sexual assaults or rapes at the Baltimore protest site. But she said that members of the “security committee” have mediated several disputes involving allegations of sexual harassment.
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And we are to believe them why?
They and their occupant comrades across the country, are forming their own mini-states within the state.
Correct me if I am wrong but, hasn’t the left been up in arms over talk of Texas seceding? And I seem to recall some outraged noise regarding Todd Palin’s past secessionist leanings.
But it is all fine and dandy when clusters of commie-marxist-rabble rousing revolutionaries ‘form self-contained communities’ in which ‘ involvement of the police is not encouraged‘. RED FLAG!
This America, is what
democracy anarchy looks like.
Update: John at Verum Serum has some disturbing details regarding “Sexual Harassment, Threats and a Culture of Silence” at Occupy Baltimore.
New evidence emerging from the digital messaging board of Occupy Baltimore indicates that sexual and verbal harassment of women at the camp has been a widely discussed problem for nearly two weeks. Several women who have visited the camp report being harassed, including sexually inappropriate language and touching. Despite this, other group members continued to suggest that group problems be handled internally, even stating that calling the police on someone is a “violent act.” In addition, those making complaints are warned to be careful what they say on public forums lest the information fall into the hands of the media.
Once you join the ranks of occupy stank, you are no longer an individual, you become a member of the ‘collective’ hive, and shall act accordingly. Thinking and speaking for yourself is verboten. But hey! It is all for the ‘common good’. Suck it up comrades!
Read it all!
Also see Derek Hunter’s report, as he is the one who broke the story. You can view the entire occupy rape pamphlet there.
So if someone were sexually assaulted, a horrible experience, they wouldn’t be discouraged to contact the police, the “occupy community” would rather handle it internally. That’s just perverse.
They’re setting up their own court system here, where the ultimate punishment, no matter the severity of the offense, is banishment from a tent city. This is sexual assault we’re talking about here, not taking someone’s cupcake out of their lunch in the fridge.
Maybe everyone can join together for a nice drum circle at the end of the day and let bygones be bygones.
It’s rather disturbing that this group of semi-organized (at best) amateurs would set up a parallel, internal system of justice that discourages involving law enforcement like they were their own country.