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Florida state attorney Willlie Meggs announced at a lighthearted press conference earlier today that there will be no charges filed against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The announcement came at a very convenient time for Winston, the team leaves tonight for the ACC Championship game in North Carolina on Saturday. USA Today says “Heisman all but settled for Winston”. The quarterback appears to be the top pick for the Heisman trophy winner, ironically ballots are due in two days. The announcement of Winston being a free man should come as a shock considering Meggs announced a little over a week ago that the timeline for a decision would be two weeks. Winston’s attorney, Timothy Jansen told press he met with Meggs on November 27th to “speed things up”, a day after Meggs announced the two week timeline for the decision. Meggs acknowledged this and said that “absolutely nothing” was accomplished by Jansens visit. There have been some in discrepancies in this case since it was first reported. The alleged rape occurred on December 12, 2012. The victim reported the rape immediately against an unknown subject. The Tallahassee Police Department took the case from Florida State University Police immediately after it was reported. In early January the victim identified Jameis Winston as her attacker. The family brought in a family friend as an attorney who discussed the case with Detective Scott Angulo. According to the victim’s family’s statement, Angulo said to the attorney, “Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim need to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.” In January Detective Angulo refused to collect Winston’s DNA or interview his roommate who allegedly witnessed the attack because he said it would alert Winston. Winston’s attorney was however alerted in February and told by the Tallahassee Police Department that the case was closed. This allowed Winston months to prepare his defense and witnesses. Eleven months after it was reported, the case was brought back into the light. Winston submitted a DNA sample on November 14 which came back positive on November 19. Winston’s DNA was found in the victim’s underwear. However, another male’s DNA was found on the victim’s shorts. The victim did disclose that she had a boyfriend whom she did have sex with before the attack. Having another male’s DNA on her shorts poses a problem in court, however there is still the clear question as to why Winston’s DNA was in her underwear. On November 21, Jansen said he wasn’t surprised that the DNA came back positive and that the encounter was consensual. In this case, what else is an attorney supposed to say? His only options with that hard evidence were to say that it was consensual or that it was indeed rape. Jansen says he did express his concern that the delay would affect Winston’s reputation and his voters in the Heisman. There are arguably several problems with the case and how it was carried out. The victim was strongly discouraged to carry out with charges and after she did, the system seemed to work against her favor in every way. The case was dismissed just in time for Jameis Winston to participate in the ACC Championship game and remain on the ballot for the Heisman; was it too soon?
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently took a stance; a loud and clear stance. Four more Steubenville school employees were recently indicted. Superintendent Michael McVey was indicted on one felony count of tampering with evidence, two felony counts of obstruction of justice, one misdemeanor count of falsification, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing official business. Wrestling coach Seth Fluharty and West Elementary School principal Lynnett Gorman were both charged with failure to report child abuse. Volunteer football coach Matthew Belardine, whose house was the site of the party were the rape occurred was charged with obstruction of justice and allowing underage drinking. Mike DeWine said, “We have in this country, a societal problem. This began as the rape of 16 year old girl, a horrible crime of violence. But it also represents blurred, stretched, and distorted boundaries of right and wrong.” The most common reaction to a girl reporting rape or sexual assault against a star athlete is, “What about his future?” It is always insinuated that the girl will ruin the player’s life if she carries out with charges. The boy will no longer be able to play sports, it will ruin his future, his chance at college, right? Wrong. The girl will no longer live a normal life, it isn’t his life that’s ruined, it’s hers. Too commonly, an immediate reaction to the news of a rape is, “Was she drunk?”. Immediately society blames her. She drank, she put herself in an inebriated state. Why is it then that guys can drink and they don’t get sexually assaulted? It’s interesting that if a girl says she is raped by someone who is not a star athlete, proper steps may be taken; no one says, “What about his future?” Although, because a boy can pick up a ball and put it through a hoop they have a potential that protects them from the law. Mike DeWine has taken a strong stance against our cover-up culture. Rape needs to be reported and perpetrators, whether they can pick up a ball or not are to be held responsible.
Designers only known by Ruth and Yaval have released a new line of anti-rape underwear, yoga pants, and shorts. The designers chose to keep their last names anonymous due to the tender subject. These new underwear are meant to delay or to stop rape. They create an obstruction that is said to be indestructible. They cannot be ripped or cut; therefore keeping out the most determined of rapists. The designers say they are meant to be worn in high risk situations. Situations listed were clubbing, out on a first date, or traveling abroad. While the products are meant to protect women and they promote safety; this raises questions. What does this say about our society today that undergarments have been made to prevent rape? The goal in preventing rape against women should be teaching men not to rape; not teaching women, don’t get raped. A comment left by a male on one article introducing the product said, “Challenge accepted.” Society today has disregarded rape so much that there is a platform for anti-rape undergarments. Not only is there a platform for the product but there is such a blatant disregard for the reality of the word rape that there is a platform for these products to be viewed as a challenge.
#rapeculture #awareness #speakup
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"Don’t put out? I’ll put you out." Where did these words come from? None other than the mouth of esteemed rapper, Eminem. These lyrics were pulled from Eminem’s song, "Superman". While the words are offensive, sadly, they are reflective of today’s society. This phrase refers to to a woman being unwilling to "put out" or have sex with Shady. He says he’ll put them out if they don’t. Atrocious right? Not in our society. This is normal. I understand it’s ‘just a song’ but don’t songs reflect the artist’s personal views or at least their culture?
#degradingwomen #lyrics #graffiti