PPD spokesman Lt. Evers says he isn’t sure what paperwork the accused could have been showing the bloggers. “We don’t give ‘we dropped the case against you’ paperwork,” says Evers.
Responses of some Occupy supporters are straight out of spin city, too.
First there was the rumor that it was a “fake rape” planted by the city to give an excuse to raid. As evidenced in other cities, such an excuse is unnecessary. Then came questions about if the accused was a transient or a longtime Occupier, another attempt to politically distance Occupy from an assault that may have happened on its watch.
The answer doesn’t matter. The accused’s home address doesn’t change the safety hazard of sleeping in a tent on the Plaza, or Rittenhouse Square, Thomas Paine Plaza or wherever else the next physical incarnation of Occupy may wind up. It wouldn’t matter much to a victim.
It’s unfortunate that Occupy is spinning away from the alleged sexual assault.
Hasn’t the Penn State scandal, unfolding bit by morbid bit in the background, shown exactly how dark things can get when members invested in an organization’s reputation try to rationalize themselves away from the sins of the few?
Perhaps the most cynical response of all has been the attempt to normalize violence within Occupy.
“Rape happens everyday, murders happen everyday, theft happens everyday,” said an Occupy rep during the press conference. “These are not symptoms of the Occupy movement nor are they exclusive to the occupy movement.”
Fair enough. Except, the goal of Occupy was to create a better microcosm.
This rationale was taken to its logical conclusion by an online commenter that posted an elaborate mathematical equation to deduct how many sexual assaults per month an Occupy gathering can “expect.”
It’s sad to think that people optimistic enough to believe that marches and sit-ins can dismantle greed in the hearts and minds of bankers and politicians they’ll never meet think it’s impossible to help the women working every day alongside them to protect themselves.
The alleged assault is still an open investigation.
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