Crime

I am angry. I am upset. My heart is with the victim of the Stanford rape, as well as all other survivors of sexual assault. I am in shock that there seems to be so little anger in the courtroom towards rapist Brock Turner. I am appalled that someone who committed so heinous a crime has only been sentenced to six months. My stomach is sick as I read the victim’s letter to her attacker, as she describes through her own eyes the pain and suffering she has gone through. Yet, none of this seems to phase Turner as he shows no regret for what he has done. Instead he places the blame on something else. Alcohol. Most know what it is to be drunk, to be a little more giggly or to throw your cares away, but being drunk does not turn someone into a rapist. The intent was already there. Alcohol does...
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In the war against campus sexual assault, why are we not talking about drinking? When dealing with intoxication and sex, there are the built-in complications of incomplete memories and differing interpretations of intent and consent. More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol related sexual assault or date rape. Young women are getting a distorted message that their right to match men drink for drink is a feminist issue. The real "feminist" message should be that when you lose the ability to be responsible for yourself, you drastically increase attracting the wrong kind of attention. So, should the complainants word be enough to convict, even if her recollection of what happened is blurry or non-existent due to intoxication? Alcohol smudges the lens...
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It’s time to start looking at all of these mass shootings from a big picture perspective. It’s not just about terrorism, or gun control, or hate crimes. It’s about how American society is, slowly but surely, dehumanizing people. Every time a tragic mass murder happens, everyone grieves together for about two hours, and then everyone turns on each other as people try to place blame: “ISIL is prevalent here. Let’s ban all the Muslims.” “More crazy white men have killed than Muslims. You are racist.” “This was a hate crime.” “It couldn’t have been a hate crime because the shooter identified with the victimized community. This was a matter of mental illness.” “We should have tighter gun restriction laws.” “How dare they threaten my right to the 2nd Amendment.” “The government...
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Dear Mom and Dad: There are things about me you may not know. I love you with all my heart but there’s things I rather keep to myself. So I use tinder, it’s an app that allows you to meet people who are looking for dates, friends or casual sex from close locations. I do think it’s a useful tool for people, especially in the LGBT community. In my opinion, it’s safer than Grindr (Another app that’s a bit rawer). Anyway, the thing is that last night as we were discussing the horrible news of Orlando’s shooting I lied. I lied, and you may never know it because it may only increase your concerns whenever I travel or whenever I go out. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Orlando several times, most of them with you but a few on my own. And I’ve been to pulse. I’ve been to pulse with a...
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Terrorism!.. Part-1 A Scary alarm frightened again in the morning the news retain to be continued as a violence takes place More than many of people's are dying again Many school children's are not back to their Home  There parents are unaware to hear That their children has been killed  Just to see on the Place which is a bank of mixed blood Were innocent life's been turned off!.. Threats alive with humour of daily life  Blamed the cohere unexpected situations  Every Second there is a risk on a life Same point rises again, who is behind in this Tearful face of a frightened home is the answer of Terrorism  Liberty of dying is the answer of Terrorism Humanity gets lost is the answer of Terrorism  We Have many answers to give For Terrorism but does we have the question why...
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An Open Letter to the Government of the United States of America: There's a veritable wellspring of emotions flowing through me this weekend, and I wish I could say any of them were good. Confusion, sadness, grief, outrage... all of which are more than adequately justified, I'm sure. One tragedy this weekend was enough to be called depressing, but two in two days? In the same city? What in the hell is going on here? On June 11, in Orlando, we lost a true treasure. Christina Grimmie, a talented, wonderful artist whose star was well on the rise, was shot and killed after a concert, while she was signing autographs. She was 22, and had far too many years in front of her to end up dying so needlessly. And now, one day later, fifty people in a gay nightclub were gunned down and killed in...
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Dear America, You truly are the land of the "free". Free enough that innocent people are TAKING THEIR LIVES ALONG WITH OTHERS, and that is NOT okay. Look at the world around us: Basically almost every other country is either scared of us or hate us, and it's not "Cause they ain't us." It's because we are beyond stupid and way too lenient with criminal justice. We are a mess! Of course, America in itself is great... In the previous generations. So many great people had taken their lives because this generation and way of life is WAY too much to handle. Robin Williams? Kurt Cobain? Marilyn Monroe? GET THE HINT! We are a failing generation! Wake up, America! Today, an innocent soul was taken from us because some idiot wanted to "Go out with a bang"! Imagine if it was someone like another...
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My heart fell as I saw another story trickle into mainstream news. Another assault, another host of lives ruined, and of course, another case with the most guilty party granted complete amnesty. I do not know Brock, nor his victim from that night. What we do know, however, is that Brock's blood-alcohol levels were double the legal driving limit that night. His victim's levels were triple the legal limit. Has the whole world chosen sobriety, and forgotten what happens when intoxicated? It induces a state tantamount to a mental disorder. Yes, alcohol did not sexually assault her. Alcohol merely silenced her. Same as it silenced that rational part off Brock's brain-- the part we all scream should have been better tended by his parents. When did silencing someones ability to express...
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Captain of the soccer team, You may or may not remember me. I myself, I do not remember everything. I remember vaguely having known you for several months. I remember hanging out with friends and trying vodka for the first time. I remember that you knew I was a virgin and that I had never really had much to drink ever. I remember trying to call security to walk me home, and you hanging up Is Telling Me No No it would be all right, that you would walk me home. You are after all the golden, trusted, captain of the soccer team. I remember vaguely you giving me another drink. then I don't remember much... I remember you pressing your hot sweaty body against mine, I remember saying no,more than once. And then I remembered you were yelling at me, a least twice, that part I remember with...
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I've been thinking about you. By now, most everyone has read about or heard the letters written to the judge from your son and husband. I've been waiting to hear from you. But than I realized, we won't. Your son learned his behavior from someone and I'm sure it was from your husband. I have a feeling Brock grew up watching his father silence his mother's voice. I have two daughters and I read the victim's letter to them and than had a very open and personal 45 minute conversation with my 12 year old daughter. Tears were shed. I imagined my own daughter in the young girl's footsteps and I could barely breathe. We got through the conversation and hugged and later I dropped her off at a friends house to swim. But....I also have a 15 year old son. I'm going to make him also read the...
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