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.
Washington, Jan 27 – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), a leading proponent of equality in education, today introduced historic legislation—H. R. 4350, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA)—that would protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students by establishing a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and provide victims with meaningful and effective remedies.
Here is the ACLU’s press release about SNDA.
And here is Polis’ summary of the protections this act could offer LGBTQ youth:
What could the “Student Non-Discrimination Act” do?
- The “Student Non-Discrimination Act” (SNDA) would establish a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
- SNDA would provide protections for LGBT students and ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence.
- SNDA would also provide meaningful and effective remedies (loss of federal funding and legal cause of action for victims) for discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, modeled after Title IX.
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
A fourteen year old boy was assaulted, harassed, and humiliated for two years while school faculty looked on and did little to nothing to protect him. This is not a particularly original set of circumstances. However this is adds a new twist to this situation:
it’s a good bet someone was sexually assaulted.
It is beginning to look like when the word incident is connected to the words locker room, it may be earning a new definition. Thanks primarily to middle and high school sports teams incidents in locker rooms generally turn out to be sexual assaults.
I noticed the use of this term following the “incident” just before winter break in Michigan in which six boys appear to have sexually assaulted a teammate following a game on Dec. 17th.
And in seeking details on this event, I just discovered an “incident” in Illinois in which a group of boys is accused of sexually assaulting a boy. (Have to give a nod to the nice racist school mascot at the link too.)
Not to mention that “incident” I posted on a while back in Kentucky that the superintendent called horseplay.
And then there was that nasty “incident” with the foot ball team in New Mexico that is resulting in criminal convictions for the rapists.
So I guess you may as well go read about the incident in Illinois. So far in this case the term “incident” means three boys are accused of sexually assaulting a fourth boy in a locker room.
Since the first report of this incident the three attackers have been expelled and now they are facing criminal charges.
There are 598 comments attached to the first report of the incident, indicating the array of ideas people have about this type of behavior. The comment sections of the article on the Michigan case are similar in tone. Not a pretty spectacle. But certainly not so rare as some would believe.
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.