I'd like to think that goes without saying, y'know? But apparently I have to say it, because just yesterday I had a woman tell me that I should not discount the Occupy America protesters because of a few rapes.
Of course, the outright hypocrisy of Progressive "feminists" has been well documented over the years. Look at their enduring love of Bill Clinton, who is definitely a harasser if not an outright rapist.
Still--and maybe this is some vestige of youthful naivete showing--I had figured that four sexual assaults in three cities (that I have been able to track down online sources for), tied together by the fact that they happened at these Occupy protests, would be enough to give any woman pause.
Obviously, I was wrong.
I will reproduce my links here, in case anyone who comes across this blog wants proof. Now, I realize that yes, some women falsely report rapes, but the truth is that the number of rapes and other sexual assaults that go unreported far outstrips the false claims. In the NYC cases, there are two women accusing the same man, and they made the accusations at different times, independent of one another, which makes it that much less likely they're lying. Anyway, here are my links. You will notice that only one of these comes from a right wing source; I included it only because there is a video report from a local newscast embedded:
The Rape of a Protestor: Occupy Wall Street New York City
Tonye Iketubosin Arrested At Occupy Wall Street For Alleged Rape and Sexual Assault
Rape Alleged at Occupy Cleveland
Emotional Interview: Alleged Occupy Baltimore Rape Victim Says Activists Refused to Help
Oh, hey, I followed a link from that last one up there and found another rape, this one of a 14-year-old:
Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas
Look, y'all know I said to begin with that we should concentrate on our similarities with the Occupy America folks. I'm far from the only person to note that there is some crossover between OWS and the Tea Party. Only...well, the Tea Partiers have managed to protest for quite some time now without raping anybody. I think that's pretty significant.
I cannot support any group which harbors rapists, especially when it has been widely documented that they are discouraging proper reporting of these crimes. That is so anti-woman it is flat disgusting. The only thing worse is any woman excusing this behavior because it's only a few people.
I don't care if it is only a few people. The proper response to repeated sexual assaults isn't to claim ignorance, as so many OWS supporters are doing, or to flat-out repudiate it, as I have also had happen. It isn't to blame it on infiltrators--there's no such thing as infiltrators when you allow anyone to come play. It sure as hell isn't to pressure women to let the crimes be handled internally. It is to repudiate those who excuse it and prosecute those who do it to the fullest extent of the law. It is to walk the victim to speak with the police and to stay by her side to ensure a rape kit is done, thereby increasing the chances she will see justice done.
Anything else is simply unacceptable, and the fact that I have to spell this out is fucking ridiculous.