Posted by troublemaker on November 6, 2011
- Lauren DiGioia
“I was more victimized by the NYPD who handled my sexual assault case than I was by the assaulter.” – Lauren DiGioia (1)
The Constitution of the United States of America recognizes certain innate rights. Neither the Constitution or the laws which emanate from that Constitution establisher those rights. Instead, they affirm that each man, woman, and child possesses these rights as a natural part of life. Among these rights are those defined by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America (2)
What good are these affirmations, these words on parchment, if the government is not willing to support them? What good are they if victims are treated so poorly by authorities that they feel they become unlikely to report crimes because they feel the authority will be further victimized by police rather than perpetrator? Lauren DiGioia feels that is exactly what took place when she reported being sexually assaulted.
“I’m a perfect example of somebody who went through the process. I followed all the steps of the law, and I felt victimized by it. I felt like I was a criminal, too,” – Lauren DiGioia (1)
As if crime is something new in New York city, Mayor Bloomberg indicates the problem is with the victims among the protesters.
“Instead of calling the police, they form a circle around the perpetrator, chastise him or her and chase him or her out into the rest of the city – to do who knows what to who knows whom, I think it is outrageous and it really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe” – Mayor Bloomberg (1)
Adding fuel to the fire, the New York Police Department is reportedly recycling criminals. Upon release, criminals are told by NYPD to go to Zuccotti park where Occupy Wallstreet is currently based.
“I have to say…the rumors are true… police are telling people who were recently released from jail to go to zuccotti park.” – From an Email to Occupy Wall Street’s Facebook Page (3)
What Mayor Bloomberg and supporters of the established system for responding to crime seem to be missing is that the business as usual / criminal recycling system simply is not working. While I do not believe simply casting a criminal out such that he can victimize others is the proper response, the current method of dealing with crime seems to be doing little more than sending people to prison where they learn to become even more proficient criminals. In essence, the current system does the same as Occupy Wallstreet’s rebuking except to add a time out and further criminal education.
So while I do not believe the solution reportedly in use by Occupy Wallstreet is the answer, the very fact that the question remains shows that the current answer (business as usual) just isn’t working. That, my friend, is what the protest is all about.
Occupy Christmas! Occupy the World!