Abuse victims blast Serena Williams' rape comment
Rape is an act of violence, not stupidity. And victims are never to blame for it, no matter how old they are, what they wear, where they are or what they're doing. What Ms. Williams said was stupid. What those rapists did was criminal.
She should apologize - clearly and publicly - to this wounded Steubenville girl and to rape victims everywhere. And to make amends, she should donate generously - of her time and money - to rape prevention programs. Tragically, it's not just men who hold antiquated views and make hurtful remarks about rape victims. Teenagers shouldn't get drunk. But being drunk doesn't excuse deliberate and heinous sex crimes.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.