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A Woman Judge Blames a Woman for Being Sexually Assaulted?!

Reading this story was a lot like reading about Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice who grew up in the Jim Crow days and had to live with the racial segregation that that entailed, thinks that black people shouldn’t have rights.

Here’s the premise of what happened – a cop goes to a bar.  He is drunk.  He flashes his badge at the door so as not to pay the entrance fee.  Once inside, he goes up behind a woman.  He grabs a hold of her, puts his hand up her skirt, and starts rubbing his hands on her genitals.

As you can imagine, it was insane.  The cop, Robb Gary Evans, was immediately fired from the police force, and arrested.  At the trial, he was convicted of sexual assault, and sentenced to two years in prison, and to be put on the sex-offender registry, as is proper.

However, there was a twist.  The judge in this case, Jaqueline Hatch, said that sentencing this ex-cop to jail time was excessive, and instead sentenced him to probation, and 100 hours of community service.  Also, he is not going to be put on the sex offender registry list.  But it doesn’t end there.  Judge Hatch had some choice words for the victim of this crime –

If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened.

That offensive enough?  Well, she continues.

You learned a lesson about friendship and a lesson about vulnerability.

Or maybe this.

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Yeah, a woman judge is who is actually telling a victim of sexual assault that she is at fault here.  Yeah, by that logic, if a person chokes on food, it’s there fault for eating.  If a kid gets caught by a stray bullet at a drive-by, it was his fault for being there.  If your house gets destroyed by a hurricane, it’s your fault for living there.

This is offensive.  This is totally and completely offensive on so many levels.  This is a judge, an actual judge, who gives this sexual predator a slap on the wrist, at best, and then decides to make this about a woman being in the wrong place, and painting her as not the victim, but the reason for this to happen.

Where does this judge get off?!  Where does this come from to believe that she has the right to tell this woman that this is her fault?!  The absolute LAST thing that a woman who was in this position needs to hear, from a person in a position of authority, is that this was their fault.  The levels of cruelty in that statement are unforgivable.

But beyond that, it is worse because think about this – she is advocating that men who sexually assault women shouldn’t be accountable for their actions!  How sick is that?  This is one of the most disgusting pieces of inhumanity that has ever been uttered by a federal judge.

Where do people like this come from?  People like Todd Akin, who stupidly enough said that if a woman is “legitimately raped,” the body will just shut it down, and that it isn’t that bad.  Sure, he said that was a dumb thing to say, but here’s the punch line – he never said he was wrong!  And the reason he did that is because of the next voting cycle.  He knows that if he admits that that was a stupid thing to say, his opponent will come in and say that it’s true that a woman who is raped doesn’t need an abortion, because that is what the morally backwards base wants to hear.

Judge Hatch is a disgusting human being.  She is a foul, venereal disease on the zeitgeist of America.  But here is the truly horrifying thing – she is in a position of power.  Her, and people like Todd Akin are getting into positions of power in this country.  Why?  It’s not because of a lack of liberal voting, though that certainly is an issue.  No, it’s because, and we need to accept this, the Republican Party, which makes up half (give or take) of this country’s voting block, is perfectly fine with electing and having these monsters represent them.  That is the kind of people they are.

This country is filled with voters who want to see women suffer, to see women get assaulted and raped, and when they are put in a position to justify their point of view, they will say – it was the woman’s fault, because she was there.  That is what America has produced.

These are the kinds of people who have a voice in this country.  America, there are a lot of days when I find you to be a disgusting place.  Can you blame me?

America, You are Getting Stupid

There are two stories in the news which are really making the people of this country seem like complete and utter idiots.  When you look at it critically, this is all so pathetic that people need to be reminded how bad it is.  What’s more, if this is becoming the norm, then this nation has no right to complain about how stupid the actions of a few are, when we have people who are legitimately pursuing these two cases.  If this is what the people find acceptable, then this country really is becoming stupider by the day.

The first case involves a seven year old boy.  His name is Mark Curran.  He was accused of sexual harassment after punching another kid in the groin.  The kid is facing being suspended, or even being transferred, and all because he punched another kids in the nuts.  That’s powerful stupid.  And now, a seven year old boy is being charged with sexual harassment.  A kid who has no ability to comprehend what this is, is being charged with it.  All because he did what kids who get into fights often do – punch another kids in the nuts.

The second case involves a six year old boy.  He is look at being charged with sexual assault for playing “doctor” with a five year old girl and touching her butt.  Here’s a news flash that parents and people in America really don’t seem to understand – this is normal.  A boy touching a girl and playing doctor is a very normal thing that happens during a child’s development.  I did it, you did it, we all did it.  Why are we making a huge deal out of this?  They are looking to charge a six year old boy with a crime that will land him on the sex offender list for the rest of his life!  And we are doing this because of the fact that he was doing something that is very typical with a girl his own age.

When did America become terrified of genitals?  It is a genuine mystery when the people of this country were so absolutely scared of people being sexual.  What’s more, in these instances, it wasn’t even sexual.  None of the children involved in these incidents was sexually developed, or old enough to understand what all of this implied.  People are seeing sex crimes now where they do not exist.  There has been no sex crime here, none at all.  But the populace of this nation is apparently so stupid that they can’t realize that.

What really kills is the fact that people in positions of authority actually believe this.  There is somebody who believes that a seven year old punching another kid in the groin is a sex thing.  It is so pathetically tragic.  And it is even worse that a six year old boy is going to go to jail, and then suffer the indignity of being on the sex offender list for the rest of his life, because he played, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” with a girl.

America, you need to let kids be kids.  Punish the boy who punched the kid, but don’t call it sexual harassment, call it punching another kid.  But kids need to have the opportunity to grow up.  Parents are screaming at everything now, and our worthless people of authority are letting the screaming and obviously idiotic parents tell them what to do.  It had to have been some parent who made this happen, or if it was the people in authority, it was only to cover their own asses.

This is not a nice message, because it needs to be mean.  Parents involved in this, and people in authority involved in this – you are stupid.  People who condone this – you are stupider.  America who doesn’t outrage about how dumb this actually is – you are the stupidest of all!

Peace out,

Lefty

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