Savannah Dietrich, a Kentucky teen who was sexually assaulted at a party did the right thing.
She called police, the boys were arrested, and brought to trial. Justice served. But, after learning that the teens who took turns sexually assaulting her reached a plea deal that could reduce their sentence or even keep them out of jail, she took her own "legal" action. Defying a court order to keep the names of both her and her attackers, all minors, out of the press she came forward willingly as the victim and then tweeted the names of the boys who committed the crime.
Noting that her attackers had taken pictures of themselves raping her and shared them with friends, the irate teen stated, “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”
A lawyer for one of the teens said that Ms. Dietrich ruined his client's life and that the boy had had a sizable college scholarship withdrawn because of her retaliation. He called her actions "politically incorrect".
In 2012, journalists are very familiar with the words, "politically correct". It simply means that you don't say or write anything that may have even the slightest hint of "offensiveness" to any individual, group, or politician. Words such as "alleged, possible suspect, person of interest", etc. are used ad nauseum in place of more potent damaging descriptions. For example: Even though there were witnesses galore who had been victims of Jerry Sandusky, he was always referred to as "the alleged pedophile" or "allegedly sexually assaulting a minor". Give me a break!
God forbid we state facts the way they should be and need to be stated. Oops! Did I say God? My apologies to all the atheists out there. I meant if there is a possibility of God, she should forbid it. Umm, or he. Whoever. Oh for God's sake, this is ridiculous!
As a writer I'm tired of all this nonsense and pandering to any person who has done something deviant and seems to feel that he or she has a right to my respect. Sorry but you don't. This article may not be what is considered politically correct but it is honest and more than likely exactly the way many of us feel but are too politically polite to say.
The guy who gropes you, makes disgusting sexual comments, exposes himself when he is alone with you, and makes you feel so disgusted that you want to run home and jump into a shower is the disgusting creep in your office, school, or on the street. Most of the time his name is not mentioned. He is protected by law.
A female acquaintance of mine told me what happened to her. There was a man who worked in her school and who, though not particularly intelligent, was in a position of power. One day he called her to his room. It was late and no one else was around. She was young, pretty, and intelligent. His name was Bobby and he looked like he had stepped out of a Hollywood movie about a demented old perverted gay queen in an Armani suit. She was single, he was married. When she entered the room he was standing there with his pants unzipped and holding his penis in his hand. He proceeded to tell her how attracted he was to her all the while fondling himself. It was, she said, disgusting and unbelievable.
It was also not the first or last time this man exposed himself or said disgusting things to female colleagues. Still, in all cases, though the woman's name was known, Bobby was always called the alleged predator. Everyone involved in the investigation was told to keep it "on the DL; we don't want to ruin his career".
But obviously not everyone did. Certainly not the last woman to whom he decided to show his penis. She took action by questioning other women at the school who had been molested by this creep, and sent an email to everyone else detailing what had happened. Then she threatened to bypass school officials and go directly to the police if action wasn't taken.
My acquaintance told me recently that, "That creep did retire rather quickly and quietly after his last "exposure". No hearty farewell party for that disgusting deviant. And he was upset about the fact that no one wanted to throw him a retirement dinner, not even the other men!"
Please Bobby, you're a sexual deviant and predator. What did you really expect?
Another sexual incident took place in the news last year. A woman sued Chernay Printing Company and two of its officials for failure to act against a male employee who allegedly exposed himself repeatedly to her and other female workers and groped or ran his hand over their buttocks laughing when they demanded he stop. His acts were always done when no one else was around, of course.
Cindy Zeller says that when she complained to personnel manager Richard Knapp about the behavior and sexual remarks of Bruce Chesson, Knapp told her he was not sure she wasn't lying and that "things like this happen at all companies." Unfortunately he's right and fortunately he's also named in the lawsuit.
Naming names is the only way to stop these predators. And make no mistake, they are sneaky little predators who hide behind laws that were put in place to protect victims not perpetrators. When there is strong proof that a sexually demeaning act has been committed, the predator should not be protected.
I'll tell you what actions I think should be taken against sexual deviants. No more political correctness, they don't deserve it. As a start I'd like to see their faces, their places of employment, and details of what they did, placed up on all social media. Don't allow even one to get away with his dirty little secret. What's kept in the dark stays safe and secure; they don't deserve that safety.
It's time we stopped being so nice to those who don't even deserve the time of day from us. We don't have to be politically correct and "nice" to deviants.
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