The Salisbury Police Department and Mayor Jake Day would like you to think so... but if you do, the facts show you're living in a dream world!
By Thornton Crowe
In a statement a few months back when Salisbury News reported a gang rape of a grandmother, Day stated on his Facebook page that women were safe here and the woman's story was just a lie. However, now, statistics show that in just six months of 2017, Salisbury has surpassed the total rapes reported in 2016 (12 rapes from this period).
We're looking at 13 rapes at this point as of a count of postings here on Salisbury News. On June 20, 2017, another rape was reported, before that, on June 14th another another and then one around May 30th was reported here but nowhere else, leaving one to wonder why this is so unreported. That's three in just a month's time, so why isn't this a concern to anyone else?
No statistics were available as of yet for Salisbury University for years 2017 or 2016 but the 2015 numbers were high at six forcible rapes given the school's size. One has to remember most date rapes are never reported to authorities for fear of retaliation and public scrutiny. Also keep in mind, it was reported a few months ago, these SU stats are not included in the City's and vice versa - due to SU having it's own police force.
In truth, it's the ultimate war on women, isn't it?
It would seem with this type of violence going on at such an alarming rate, local media would be more vigilant about reporting it; yet, we've not seen them cover these sexual assaults at all. Instead, the community is, once again, left in the dark about most area crime unless it's something so explicit, like the Denny's shooting last weekend, where it simply can't be ignored.
What does it take for local leaders to be proactive rather than reactive to this menacing trend for their female residents? When will sex crimes and the predators who commit them become a central focus for SPD and City Hall? Don't women count in Salisbury? Why aren't women in the community more rattled by such blatant apathetic disregard?
It's a safe assumption Day and company won't be too quick to retort this, if at all, because, as per City Hall, none of this exists - it's all a lie despite it being clearly listed on the police reports. Non-issue. Insignificant. Nothing to see.
Is it time for more women to exercise their 2A right and start arming themselves with lethal weapons? If the law enforcement won't protect them, who will? I'd think it would be better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6, but then again, what do I know? I'm just a man asking questions...