By Thornton Crowe
On a day when we celebrate the mothers, I can't help wondering how some of our news media, local law enforcement, so-called area activists and legislators here in Salisbury can look at their mothers in the eye and not feel some tinge of guilt. There's a problem in our community with assault against women that seldom gets any public acknowledgement at all: Sexual Assault, otherwise known as Rape.
Its interesting, within the last two two weeks, there have been two rapes in the area - one being a woman in her nineties, yet our local legislators (city and county) along with local media like WBOC, WMDT and the Daily Times, don't seem to be all that interested in letting citizens know about the potential dangers to women in the community. What are they afraid of? More so, who is really calling the shots?
A couple months (February) back it was revealed that SU's rapes are not included in the local law enforcement statistics, which is a disturbing pattern considering college-aged women are more likely to experience such an incident during their collegiate career. One article here on Salisbury News in August 2008, a student relayed their issues throughout four years at the university with local law enforcement's negligence. However, all we ever hear from the university's president, Dr. Janet Dudley Eschbach is spiffy new buildings and all the big plans to jack the local real estate from the property tax rolls!
Could it be Mayor Jake Day is living in denial, which is highly unsurprising given his governance thus far or is it a combination of the two? Something seems true that it's the latter, because let's face it, if the area is known for being 'hostile towards females,' how could area colleges continue to attract students into transient victimhood?
There are many incidents that never get reported at all because many don't have confidence in our local law enforcement to do anything about these types of crimes. Granted, statistically speaking, it is difficult to prove a rape case because, all too often, detective and the defense lawyers explain it away as some kind of mutual consent even when victims say, "NO!" We're always taught, no means no, but for some reason, defense attorneys take their job one step beyond making sure their clients get 'fair and impartial trials' and turn it into some character assassination on the victim; hence, vilifying the victim as getting what they sought from the perpetrator.
One in particular even claimed she was a victim of rape to explain her bizarre and often insidious behaviors, but we've never seen her speak out for local rape victims whose crimes have gone unsolved and in many cases, untouched by the police. Instead, she saves her false angst for problems for which she has no true command of facts, like why illegal aliens are considered criminals to the Federal government. This hypocrisy is so glaring it forbids us to turn a blind eye to this sham of a so-called movement.
Why is the local law enforcement and news media ignoring this nascent issue that impacts so many residents in one form or another? Why do they purposefully put every citizen in harm's way by ignoring the crimes and/or ginning up fake statistics - especially when it pertains to women and children? It's an epidemic that endangers everyone because rape is never about sex, it's always about power.
Isn't it time for the residents of Salisbury and surrounding counties' take back their power from predators regardless of the victims' ages, social standing or sexual preference? With the warm weather upon us, shouldn't all citizens be free to enjoy it without fear of violation? When is enough, enough?
One of my faithful readers brought to my attention, this week in US Today, an article cites 89% of all college campuses report no rapes. How is this possible?