While protesters on the courthouse steps were united in their resolve to speak out against sexual assault and affirm tribal nations’ inherent ability to protect Native women and children, the feeling inside the building, observers said, was much more uncertain.
Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.
Street Harassment is at least a daily ocurrence for 80-99% of women and young girls. It seems that a female cannot walk half a mile in any city without receiving some type of cat call, honk, whistle, or unwelcome approach from a stranger. Street harassment is not about sex, it is about power and it serves as a daily reminder that as a woman, you are far more likely to be subject to any range of violent acts. March 20, 2011 marked the first annual Anti-Street Harassment Day and hopefully marks a decrease in this type of behavior.
Why is it that we “pardon” or overlook some individuals for their crimes? Many others before him have fled their sentences but eventually served their time. So why do some think he’s above the law?
Every time a man assaults a woman with lower social status; a frat boy rapes a sorority girl, an athlete rapes a fan, or a famous musician beats his girlfriend, the excuses are the same.