Another Reason Why MRA Freepers Need To SYAD and STFU

You know….I would be actually amused by the continuous attempts over at Renegade Evolution’s blog by certain right-wing Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) and their KKK affiliated cousins to scoff at the legitimate claims of feminists and people of color about injustice and discrimination.  I mean, throwing out stats straight out of one’s ass, posting regurgitated talking points straight out of the mouths of Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schafly and Vox Day, not to mention the "conservative" scholars of David Horror-whackz’s FrontPage.con and FreeRepublic.com, and generally making asses of yourself, must make for a real use of valuable time.

Problem is, though….all their smack about (White) men being the discriminated ones, Blacks being better off under Jim Crow (and, if you search deep enough into the cavernous abyss that is the MRA/Freeper Borg collective mind, you will probably find the opinion that Blacks were even better off in slavery than they are now), and feminists being evil lesbian malehaters out to "feminize" this country thorugh porn and rape shield laws tends to fall flat when confronted with the real world experiences of women and people of color.

And…as the following story appearing today on the website of the FOX-TV affialate in Tampa so vividly reflects, sometimes what women who happen to be victims of rape say about the abuse they suffer at the hands of the system do turn out to be the damn truth.

(Hat tip to Chris at Suburban Guerrilla for finding this gem of a story…and all the best to Susie Madrak, too):

Rape victim jailed after reporting attack

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TAMPA – A young woman was walking back to her car after the Gasparilla parade on Saturday when she says a man dragged her behind a building and raped her near the intersection of Howard and Swann.

She managed to get away and called 911. Police took her to the hospital and began a routine rape investigation.

When they started checking the victim’s background, they discovered she had an arrest warrant out for her.

It was from an arrest when the woman was a juvenile and she was accused of not paying restitution. The woman says she was not aware there was a warrant out for her, and her attorney says it appears to be a paperwork error.

"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.

Still, the woman was put in handcuffs and taken to jail. She was not allowed bond, and the medical staff at the jail refused to give her the Morning After Pill even though it had been prescribed at the hospital.

"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."

"At this point, we’re very concerned about the welfare of this young woman," said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. "There’s a lot of unanswered questions about exactly how this unfolded we are going to get to the bottom of it."

McElroy says there is a policy in place where anyone who is suspected of a misdemeanor is not taken to jail if they’re the victim of a sex crime.

She says while it’s nearly impossible to draw up a policy that addresses every situation, this may be a case where department policy should be reexamined.

"The system as a whole, that is so broken, it needs to be completely fixed, so broken, so broken that something like this could happen, something like this should never have happened," said the victim’s mother.

The victim did manage to finally bond out of jail Monday afternoon. She was too emotionally distraught to speak with the media, and FOX 13 does not identify the victims of sexual assault.

   

But I guess that the likes of ByrdBrain and Cron and the rest of the MRA/Freeper groupies now polluting RenEv’s blog will respond to this story with their usual chorus:  "But…butbutbut….the beeeyatch shouldn’t have been alone on dangerous streets at night, and she shouldn’t have committed the crime four years ago, and if she wasn’t dressed like such a slut, she would have been left alone….and why can’t we Christian’s be allowed to live their beliefs against attacks by you dirty Godless communists….ahhhh, I mean, "secular progressives" and whore-lobing, man-hating feminazis???"  After all, since they feel so liberated by recent events in the Duke University rape trial to throw their full missiles of shit at the female accuser, why not simply label all rape accusers and victims as liars, sluts, and man-bashers??

Oh, and the thing about the supervisor at the jail refusing a direct prescription from a medical professional based on her "religious beliefs" (which, I figure, translates into "All "sluts" who are raped deserve to have pregnancy forced upon them; and they should suffer the fruit of their consequenses"):  I always thought that the Constitution, not the Bible (especially not the Pat Robertson/Randall Terry interpretation thereof) was the dominant document for public officials sworn to "protect and serve".  Last I heard, refusing to offer a legal prescription was still very much illegal…and there was no exception for "religious reasons".  But then again, convicted felons — even those who are victims of paperwork mashups — shouldn’t get the same rights as "law abiding" citizens, ehhh???

And in the meantime, another rapist is free to prey on more women.  So much for the old "the rights of victims matter more than the rights of criminals" meme….women who are vicitms of rape who don’t meet the Right’s exacting standards of "morality" excepted.

Do me a favor, MRAs and Freepers: heed the warning on the title of this post,….and please, don’t even think of coming here and defending your bullshit. I have reserved a full can of SmackDog Whupass(TM) with your name on it, and I will not hesitate to use it.  And I do reserve the right not to post your nonsense here, too.

BTW…."SYAD" = Sit ‘Yo Ass Down….and you should already know what STFU means.

 Update:  Well, I guess that the copyright by the Associated Press won’t allow me to post the entire article….just use the link stated above to get to the FOX Tampa site.

Update #2:  OK, let’s see if this works…here’s a quick cut-and-paste of the article:

TAMPA – A young woman was walking back to her car after the Gasparilla parade on Saturday when she says a man dragged her behind a building and raped her near the intersection of Howard and Swann.

She managed to get away and called 911. Police took her to the hospital and began a routine rape investigation.

When they started checking the victim’s background, they discovered she had an arrest warrant out for her.

It was from an arrest when the woman was a juvenile and she was accused of not paying restitution. The woman says she was not aware there was a warrant out for her, and her attorney says it appears to be a paperwork error.

"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.

Still, the woman was put in handcuffs and taken to jail. She was not allowed bond, and the medical staff at the jail refused to give her the Morning After Pill even though it had been prescribed at the hospital.

"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."

"At this point, we’re very concerned about the welfare of this young woman," said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. "There’s a lot of unanswered questions about exactly how this unfolded we are going to get to the bottom of it."

McElroy says there is a policy in place where anyone who is suspected of a misdemeanor is not taken to jail if they’re the victim of a sex crime.

She says while it’s nearly impossible to draw up a policy that addresses every situation, this may be a case where department policy should be reexamined.

"The system as a whole, that is so broken, it needs to be completely fixed, so broken, so broken that something like this could happen, something like this should never have happened," said the victim’s mother.

The victim did manage to finally bond out of jail Monday afternoon. She was too emotionally distraught to speak with the media, and FOX 13 does not identify the victims of sexual assault.

The more I read this, the angrier I get.  Piss off, MRAs.

 

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