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The letter to the news lady

Ladywriter

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Sent this to the anchor woman ...


  • I'm writing to address the comments you made on air while discussing the 15 and 16 year old boys who videotaped their female classmates changing their clothes. You said something along the lines of they're curious and wanted a peek. Please research about what age sexual curiosity begins because it is not 15. Please research at what age boys begin looking at pornography because again, it is not 15. It is important for you to know as a citizen, as a reporter and as a mother. We need to deal in truths so we can deal with the problem in the most effective ways. Maybe you should do a story about teens and porn? It is on parents to let their children know that porn is every bit fantasy as The Hobbit. It is everywhere and children are exposed to it younger and younger. It can have negative consequences on a developing mind to dehumanize and devalue an entire gender. It's how we end up with videos like Stubenville.
    You also speculated that maybe they didn't know they were committing a crime. Maybe they didn't, but I highly doubt it. With all the press about assaults being filmed lately if they didn't know they at least suspected. It's always a bad move to excuse the the perp for one reason or another even more so when it comes it comes to cases like this. When we excuse we are perpetuating rape culture and that is not okay. It is not good for our children.
    You are in such a great position to be a voice for survivors and families. Parents need to look at the complexities of the social world our children are growing up in. They need to know how to handle it. They need information and who better to give that to them then you? Drugged, raped and left in the front yard needs to stop. We need to come together to make that happen.
    Thank you for your time



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What these people need to do is not speculate about whether the person knew it was a crime or not. Instead they should focus on the fact that regardless of someone being ignorant of their crime, it is still a crime and it requires punishment.

 

I think back to an episode of Simpsons where Homer is in a hurry and drives through an intersection while covering his eyes:

 

 

He knows its illegal but pleads ignorance. If it was real life he'd be thrown in jail and face legal charges.

 

Theres another quote I remember him saying when he was talking to Marge about doing something.. when she doesn't reply to him either because she was angry or asleep, his response was:

 

"As always, silence means yes."

 

No Homer.. no it does not. It might funny in the cartoon in the context it was given in, but in terms of reality, its a very bad example.

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