Just doing a little searching for a sample new story for class lesson and found a wealth of stories I can hardly ignore.
First came the many hits about girls being raped on campus or during school related activities. I’ve just linked to one here. Then came an article about a boy with autism who was repeatedly harassed and sexually assaulted by peers. Next of course I’ll just highlight one of the many current sports team hazing/sexual assault cases in today’s news (this season its basketball teams doing the hazing). And in my news search I quickly found a few new ‘jokes’ to incite racist hate at some college campuses.
Filed under African American, Disability, Gender, Group Violence, Harassment / Bias, Hazing, Heterosexism, Homophobia, Misogyny, Queer Youth, Race / Ethnicity, Racism, School Violence, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment
Here are two “too close to home” stories of violent misogyny that broke over the last few days…
Oregon Duck football star LaMachiel James is arrested and jailed overnight for, “charges of strangulation, two counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of physical harassment,” of a girlfriend in Springfield, OR.
Junction City High School international exchange program ‘host father’ James McClintock, 51, is accused of five counts of sex abuse and one count of private indecency, all misdemeanors. Yes…assault of a female exchange student living in his home. Oh and along with being a host father, McClintock was also a volunteer coach for the H.S. football team.
I’ve no time to write about them. But the former fits into the pattern of many of my past postings about school athletics and sexual violence and the latter fits the pattern I often track of predatory people – primarily men – using educational settings to sexually victimize young people.
This stuff aint just out there… it’s everywhere. Over on my blogroll you see a blog called Bad Bad Teacher and another called Arrested Coaches these sites track some of this violence in the news all the time.
And as I’m afraid you might have already guessed…they have new stories up nearly every day.
Students participate in a candlelight vigil at South Hadley High School Friday for freshman Phoebe Prince, who was found dead at her home on Thursday afternoon.
This weeks news tell of a nine-year old boy and a fifteen-year-old girl who both committed suicide in January.
Both stories are sprinkeled with references to bullying. Continue reading
It is an amazing book and Precious is an amazing girl to know. I read this book about 10 years ago and I can tell you Push is a novel you wont forget. In this book, Sapphire gives Precious a powerful voice and asks her to tell her own story of poverty, abuse, sexual assault, pregnancy, and utter isolation. This is a voice seldom heard and generally treated with much less love and care.
The film version is now winning awards and I was touched to hear this moment in Mo’Niques acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses with all the Marys.
I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched.
It’s now time to tell.
And it’s okay.
The most recent government data indicates that for the year of 2007 approximately 5.8 million children were potentially subjected to abusive situations here in the United States. And what is more that 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18. But these are merely numbers to represent invisible and isolated lives. Only a novel like Push and a film like Precious can expose the humanity of a child victim, the pain, the hopes, and the day-to-day living that goes on for many many children despite growing up under inhumane conditions.
The silent fear, shame and isolation of abuse victims is broken open each time a novel or a movie or a public figure shares a story of surviving abuse and finding a way out. That’s why Mo’Niques final statement at the Golden Globes really touched my heart.
High School assault caught on tape, state police investigation complete
Some important new details:
Some element of this assault was caught on tape.
This was just as I initially suspected a sports team group assault – usually called out in the media as a hazing.
It is now sounding more and more like gang rape – that ugly yet accurate term that I am betting will not be used.
And one of the attackers is the son of a local investigating police officer (local police have turned over the investigation due to this conflict).
Is this little conflict the reason the official information has been so obtuse? I mean if you look at the typical coverage of this sort of mash up the acknowledgement of a sexual assault investigation is usually there right out of the gate. But maybe that’s just for girls, perhaps the powers that be don’t know that boys get raped too.
So now I am just wondering how long it will take anyone official in the community to use the words ‘sexual assault’ or ‘rape’ or anything remotely close to accurate about what they are investigating. Remember this happened Dec. 17th and the school and police have been aware of many of the details since December 18th.
Allegations of Student’s Sexual Assault Surface
Reports are slowly trickling out about an assault at a high school in Michigan that happened on December 17th.
There are limited facts being reported thus far, only that six male ‘upperclassmen’ are indefinitely suspended while the police and school district investigate a December 17th assault (potentially a criminal assault) on a seventh male student. Oh and yes… that this assault happened on campus.
And according to a report yesterday, “The assault case was turned over to the Michigan State Police at the Sandusky post on Dec. 18, after school officials learned about the incident on school grounds.
Police and prosecutors remain tight-lipped about the investigation, but rumors at the school are flying about the alleged graphic sexual assault on a male student by six upperclassmen. “
Not clear yet where this story is heading, but at the present time this sounds very much like some other male on male campus gang rape and sexual assault cases. The local comments following the linked report suggest among other things, that the victim was a friend of the six assailants, that this group was openly homophobic and that he was one of the smallest members of this group of friends.
My thoughts are with the victim as well as with all the other students who have felt threatened and/or literally been threatened with sexual violence while at school.
Update: 12/17/09 – Police investigation finds the victim had recently filed a sexual harassment complaint against the attacker in this incident.
“If she was being raped, why didn’t she scream?” Dones asks. “Why did these students have to come up and tell us that somebody’s down there?”
Mustapha Cannon says, “It was hormones going wild.”
These are the statements of campus supervisors Marquita Dones and Mustapha Cannon in response to public concern over last Thursday’s rape of a 12-year-old student under their supervision. Because hey, why not begin blaming the victim a.s.a.p.
And rivaling for the most disgusting quote ever comes a statement from the school Principal VanHook who has been placed on paid leave during the investigation: Continue reading
Here are two good videos about Critical Pedagogy from The Freire Project Continue reading