I keep trying to figure out what to say about it. I've got nothing. Check this shit at Pandagon
and over at Alas, A Blog
. Or follow it in closer detail at Justice 4 Two Sisters
It wasn't that long ago when Ivy
linked to Flea's letter
to her sons. I keep thinking of that letter when I think about that poor woman in that bathroom in a house full of men.
It is your responsibility, as a man, to protect those who can not protect themselves. If you fail at this, you have failed as a human being. It is your duty, even when refusing to protect, or even causing the harm yourself, has no visible consequences for you.
The prosecutor who is working on the case says that, even though there were forty men in that house, not one of them is cooperating with police. Not one of them will step forward and say who was in that bathroom with her.
Short and Fat
, a guy I like the hell out of, says:
As a guy, unless I knew 100% that a woman had been raped, I'm certain I'd be part wall of silence as well. Particularly, with the DA threatening me with charges and subpeoning me for a DNA sample, despite my innocence.
and I'm at a loss for words. Maybe it's because I can't imagine what it would be like to be those guys, but I can imagine all too well what it would be like to be that girl. I cannot help but put myself in her shoes.
Sometimes I wonder what it will take for you all to take us seriously when we rage and grieve over this kind of shit. I know that even the Butcher thinks that rape and attempted rape is something rare and that false accusations are all too common.
But right now, I'm not talking about what happened in that bathroom. I'm talking about what happened in the rest of the house.
There were two women who tried to leave. Someone was concerned enough about them leaving that he was seen by a neighbor talking them into coming back in that house. Someone saw that woman go into the bathroom, either alone or with his teammates. Someone saw her come out of that bathroom.
There are witnesses. There are men who were there who could help this investigation.
And they're silent.
How can that be? How can they think they are any kind of man at all if they won't stand up for the truth? How can they be a man and not come forward? How can they live with themselves?
I just don't understand it.