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ShannonLeeMcBride
ShannonLeeMcBride

To Richard Lyon's point - it IS discouraged to report rape/sexual violence. If we collectively decide not to cooperate with the evidently exceedingly corrupt system with regard to such things as drugs, petty theft, and other non-violent crimes - do we have to sign on to not cooperate with regard to violent crimes? So we handle assault and sexual violence on our own? Or is this still a place for reporting to the police? For making that 9-1-1 call? How about if one of the parties involved - especially the victim of violent/sexual assault is a member of the LGBTQ community? There seems to be a no specific/correct answer. Do we use our best judgement? If we are a witness, rather than a victim/participant in a criminal act, do we make the call, and then stick around to witness how the police handle it, just to make sure that real justice is served as much as it can be?


Even when people report sexual violence, they are often made to feel victimized all over again, or asked questions about whether they encouraged the behavior, how they were dressed, if they were 'asking for it'. 


With regard to victimless crimes, I sort of feel like I may have already made the decision not to cooperate. The prison system is already so destructive, I see no point in adding another inmate into it. However, if I were to be sexually assaulted in way in which I couldn't fight back in the moment, perhaps I would report. I don't know.

Richard Lyon
Richard Lyon

I suppose that they still tell children in school not to be a tattletale. However, like so much else that one gets told at that age it doesn't hold up in later life. You are entirely correct that the criminal injustice system depends on snitches, but there seems to be a very large pipeline of them. There is plenty of indoctrination in the media to encourage. There are of course a few notable exceptions. Reporting of rape is strongly discouraged.  

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg moderator

@KayWhitlockthanks for that link Kay.. the risks often far put-weigh the so-called perceived benefits.

And false Snitch info remains the #1 factor in death penalty"innocence" cases