ID - Rape Allegation, Race, Glare of National Media Divide Town

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  1. los2188

    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    Rape Allegation, Race, Glare of National Media Divide Town
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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/rape-allegation-race-glare-national-media-divide-town-39482358
     
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  3. Frigga

    Frigga New Member

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    I can hardly stomach just these few details.

    That poor young man, I can't even imagine the shock, fear and pain.

    The boys that did this are sick- very sick and dangerous. How do young people become this angry, cruel and depraved?
     
  4. kaen

    kaen Trying to be a good human.

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    I thought I had seen this here before. I am so appalled at the lack of response from the school on the previous incidents. I hope this family wins the lawsuit.
     
  5. KayElJay

    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    cocomod Well-Known Member

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    :cry: :cry: :cry:

    This is a serious injustice!!! His name needs to be spread across the internet so that at least on line he is labeled as what he is - a sexual and violent predator.


    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/ida...ing-black-disabled-teammate-with-wire-hanger/

     
  7. flourish

    flourish Everything Now

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    Wow, i know rape is generally about power, but it's a sexually abusive act! This disgusts me to no end! Horrific! I'm ashamed to be in the same state!
     
  8. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    Unbelievable! What a bunch of ignorant people. :stormingmad:

    Rape is rape!
     
  9. pineappleexpress

    pineappleexpress Newbie

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    I'm sorry but the only thing I can say is WTF!? How does he just get away with it? That is rape, and they just let him walk away. He should have to register as a sex offender because thats what he is.
     
  10. Tawny

    Tawny Bye

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    Anybody who does something like this is sick, and compound that with these being teenagers? I don't even have words :(
     
  11. zencompass

    zencompass Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand how this case could "divide a town" !

    Who would ever take the side of a person who sexually assaulted and traumatized an innocent individual? And that individual has a disability?

    Sexual assault charges need to be always be taken seriously.

    Oh I hope the glare of this never leaves the front page. This is unbelievable.

    I am horrified at what happened to this young man and the injustice of it.
     
  12. zencompass

    zencompass Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't understand why the prosecutors would ever accept the plea deal. And then I read this:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/high-school-football-player-pleads-guilty-to-lesser-charge-in-idaho-assault-case/2016/12/19/05fca8c8-c61f-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html?utm_term=.6245623f68df

    "Deputy State Attorney General Casey Hemmer said in court that prosecutors would have been able to prove that Howard kicked the coat hanger into the victim’s rectum, according to the Times-News. But Hemmer said the violent assault did not constitute a sex crime, and that is why they allowed Howard to opt for the plea deal."

    “Based on continuing investigation throughout this case — interviewing of witnesses, speaking with the victim and getting a better picture of what happened in this case — the state believes this is the appropriate charge,” Hemmer said in court, the Times-News reported. “It was egregious behavior, it caused this victim a lot of suffering, but it is not, in my view, a sex crime, which is why the state has amended this charge. We don’t believe it’s appropriate for Mr. Howard to suffer the consequences of a sex offender, but he still needs to be held accountable.”

    But it is appropriate that the victim suffers the consequences of a sexual assault?

    This story reminds me of Penn State and the cover up and "keeping the lid on things".

    Football towns are notorious for it. The game brings the money to the town, the school, the establishment. That is what is
    behind the "town divided". Greed versus human compassion.

    I am hoping and praying for them to win the lawsuit against the school. Praying hard...
     
  13. zencompass

    zencompass Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if you noticed but this case got me a little angry.

    And that's good - the way this played out in court should get people angry. Should get them angry and furious that their Deputy State Attorney General minimized this sexual assault and actually called it something else? He has no right to do this and
    in a perfect world he would lose his job over this.
     
  14. pineappleexpress

    pineappleexpress Newbie

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    Oh this makes me furious. Objects being used it considered the same as rape, and to call it anything else is degrading to anyone who has been raped. They are saying that using a foreign object isn't rape....well guess I have been wrong since I was 8 yrs old.
     
  15. flourish

    flourish Everything Now

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    Idaho laws, unless they've changed, consider any foreign insertion to be sodomy, which was listed as a sex crime for decades, consensual or not. It's disgusting.

    When I was in high school, many years ago, in Idaho, there was a nearby little town with a serious teenage pregnancy issue. Their solution? Charge the pregnant girls with fornication. The sperm donors? Nah. Boys will be boys, after all. SMH

    This situation is horrific and an embarrassment to the entire state. I work with kids and adults with intellectual disabilities...in Idaho. Not in Twin Falls, but close enough. This just sickens me.
     
  16. JeannaT

    JeannaT Former Member

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    I don't understand this case at all. In a day and age where you have young men's lives ruined for having a loving sexual relationship with a girl a few years younger, you have this horrible case of bullying and this guy is going to get away with it, and it will likely be expunged.

    So. He was sent to Idaho to try to get him away from the atmosphere in Texas, where he couldn't manage to stay out of trouble. He's back in Texas again, and my guess is he won't stay out of trouble here again. Eventually, this will catch up with him.

    That poor boy. Just awful.
     
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    JeannaT Former Member

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  18. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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  19. kaen

    kaen Trying to be a good human.

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    I am sick to my stomach reading this update. One does wonder how it is not a sex crime just on the base of the facts agreed to. I see this case as part of a change that is occurring, quietly and insidiously. This is not the first time we have heard prosecutor's allude to (or say outright) that the crime is not worthy of ruining someone's life. I urge anyone who is outraged to speak up and make their voices heard as well as make a commitment to follow your local cases to ensure that these kinds of deals are not swept under the rug, regardless of the politics or religious leaning of a town.
     
  20. JeannaT

    JeannaT Former Member

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    I'm also sad that the public doesn't seem outraged - I guess because there is no video. For some unknown reason, people don't seem to be able to imagine this horror unless they see it.

    For crying out loud, a teacher taking a microphone away from a child hijacked the news cycle for 3 days. Where is the upset here in this case?
     
  21. Tawny

    Tawny Bye

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    How does this not fall under hate crime as well?
     

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