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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Rape Is A Rape Is A Rape.

I wish the fourteen year old girl who was raped by seven men in Schenectady could get the same press coverage as the University at Albany co-ed who was raped by three men. Both are horrible stories, but I guess when you are a fourteen year old runaway, you don’t count as much.

Besides your fourteen year old friends haven’t learned how to get press coverage by holding protests, how to talk about the culture of rape in group homes or the lack of security in group homes or how the New York State Office of Children and Family Services has failed to respond to parents’ concerns about lack of security in adolescent group homes and adolescent treatment facilities.

Shame on the media for not even reporting the name of the group home the fourteen year old ran away from and for failing to delve into the constraints put on group home workers (i.e. they are not allowed to restrain teens when they attempt to run away).

Then there are the secure facilities where adolescents can’t run away, but they are still subjected to sexual abuse. Human Rights Watch recently did an expose on these facilities, focusing on Tryon School in Fulton County.

Human Rights Watch lit into New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services in their report on secure adolescent facilities. It’s time an investigation was done into the way the Office oversees group homes and residential treatment facilities.

2 Comments:

  • Dan: I was appalled by the comments on the news by many UAlbany Parents on Sunday. One mother said something like, “Well, she shouldn’t have been drinking, ya know….things happen”. Another parent said that the story gets changed when they wake up sober and were not happy with the night before and another made it look like the poor, young men were just there to get good grades and play old fashioned football and this crazy girl is trying to ruin their lives.

    What about the victim here? What about the other “4” woman that never followed thru on their complaints of rape at UAlbany? What about all of the UNREPORTED rapes that occur there. I went to college and I know of at least two girls I lived with that were raped and did not report it because they were afraid to ruin their reputations as Freshman. They hid in their rooms for days. They took baths over and over to get clean. It never worked.
    My heart still goes out to them till this day.

    These Football players are there on a scholarship. They represent the school and people look up to them. Young woman stand in the cold to watch and cheer for them. Maybe this young victim was one of the spectators. We don’t know.

    One thing I do know is that I am raising my children to honor another’s wishes and to respect their decisions, even if the answer is NO!

    By Anonymous UALBANY Graduate, at 8:05 PM  

  • You make very good points. I too graduated from U Albany but I commuted. What was really sad back in 1984 when I started there was when a female student disappeared--I think her name was Karen Wilson--and she has never been found.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 4:37 AM  

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