Homeschooling: A Crime in Germany?

2013-08-31 09 45 40 (2)Look at the picture of these four smiling kids.  Do they look like they are being abused or mistreated in any way?

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s four children range in age from 7 to 14.  The parent’s have been homeschooling them for the past couple of years because they do not want them indoctrinated by the government propaganda.  For American’s, that is a freedom we enjoy.

On Thursday, at 8:00 AM, 20 armed police, special government workers, and social workers stormed the Wunderlich’s home.  The four children were forcibly taken from the home, and the parent’s were told they would not be seeing there children any time soon.

The Wunderlich family lives in Darmstadt, Germany.  Hitler had made a law that required all children to attend the government run public schools.  That law has never been removed from the books, and now the German government is starting to enforce by force, if necessary.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a worldwide organization who had been working with the Wunderlich family and their homeschooling needs, contacted the parents’ and reported:

“Citing the parent’s failure to cooperate ‘with the authorities to send the children to school,’ the judge also authorized the use of force ‘against the children’…reasoning that such force might be required as the children had ‘adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling  and that ‘no cooperation could be expected’ from either the parents or the children.”

Dirk Wunderlich told HSLDA,

“I looked through a side window, and saw many people, police and special agents, all armed. They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me.  I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it.

“The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t even let me make a phone call, at first. It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children.  At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I was a terrorist.  You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village.  It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie.  Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.”

 

They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it.” Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/08/20-armed-police-social-workers-forcibly-take-children-parents-homeschooling/#ixzz2dZzn5nSi
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Michael Farris, Founder of HSLDA explained how the German government was wrong:

“The right to home school is a human right, and so is the right to freely move and to leave a country.  Germany is grossly violated these rights for this family.

“This latest act of seizing these four beautiful innocent childrenis an outrageous act of a rogue nation.

“Germany is a party to numerous human rights treaties that recognize the right of parents to provide an education distinct from the public schools so that children can be educated according to the parent’s religious convictions.

“Germany has simply not met its obligations under these treaties or as a liberal democracy.  HSLDA and I will do whatever we can to help this family regain custody of their children and ensure that they are safe from this persecution.  This case demonstrates conclusively why the Romeike asylum case is so important.  Family in Germany need a safe place where they can educate their children in peace.”

The Romeike family had been granted asylum by an immigration judge to relocate to the United States in 2010, based on this same type of intimidation in Germany.  Eric Holder and the Obama administration pushed to have the asylum overturned and deport the family back to Germany.  Let’s not forget that 1 million illegals have been allowed to stay in the country in direct defiance of Federal Immigration Laws.  but he is fighting to have one Christian family sent back to a country where they will most certainly face persecution because they want to home school.

I have talked to many parents who home school their children.  There are regulations and curriculum that they are required to follow.  These children are getting a good education that follows the convictions of their parents.  It is my belief that our current administration would like to do away with homeschooling, so that all children can be indoctrinated in the liberal/progressive agenda by the public school system.  We mustn’t let what happened in Germany to take hold here in the USA.

 

http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/08/20-armed-police-social-workers-forcibly-take-children-parents-homeschooling/

 

“Citing the parents’ failure to cooperate ‘with the authorities to send the children to school,’ the judge also authorized the use of force ‘against the children’ … reasoning that such force might be required because the children had ‘adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling and that ‘no cooperation could be expected’ from either the parents or the children.”Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/08/20-armed-police-social-workers-forcibly-take-children-parents-homeschooling/#ixzz2dZwP0VXm
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Michael Moore: Ousted by Academy Awards

Michael-MoronA major Hollywood producer, Gerald Molen, is cheering the ousting of Michael Moore as Government of the Academy Awards for documentaries.  Mr. Molen, an Oscar winner and producer of such movies as Schindler’s List, Rain Man, Jurassic Park, and the Minority Report, said, “I am grateful to the leadership of the Academy as well as the voters for returning integrity and balance to a revered and respected national iconic organization.”

I am grateful that someone in the entertainment industry is speaking out about the lack of integrity and respect that Michael Moore has demonstrated over the years.  Gerald Molen went on to say, “On behalf of my fellow filmmakers and the vast American Heartland which, on occasion, has felt disenfranchised by the Academy, I want to personally thank you and the Academy for removing Mr. Moore, and restoring a fair and impartial voting process to the documentary category of the Oscars.”

He further commented that “Foxes should not guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy.”

He has criticized Moore previously, and even protested his selection to be on the board by sending a letter to President Hawk Koch.  Mr. Molen blames Moore for the snub of Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America,” which was the second highest grossing documentary ever made.  D’Souza added his voice to the ousting of Moore, saying, “This is a great victory for the American people, and the first glimmer of hope that future Academy voting will look less like a North Korean election”

13917 I saw 2016: Obama’s America, and can state positively that it was the best documentary I have ever seen.  There was no reason for it to be disregarded by the Academy, and I don’t think it would have been without Michael Moore’s input and lack of integrity.

http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/31/major-hollywood-producer-cheers-michael-moore-kicked-academy-awards/?fb_source=pubv1#sthash.lniBqMNZ.dpbs

“On behalf of my fellow filmmakers and the vast American Heartland which, on occasion, has felt disenfranchised by the Academy, I want to personally thank you and the Academy for removing Mr. Moore and restoring a fair and impartial voting process to the documentary category of the Oscars.” – See more at: http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/31/major-hollywood-producer-cheers-michael-moore-kicked-academy-awards/?fb_source=pubv1#sthash.lniBqMNZ.dpuf
“I am grateful to the leadership of the Academy as well as the voters for returning integrity and balance to a revered and respected national iconic organization.” – See more at: http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/31/major-hollywood-producer-cheers-michael-moore-kicked-academy-awards/?fb_source=pubv1#sthash.lniBqMNZ.dpuf
“I am grateful to the leadership of the Academy as well as the voters for returning integrity and balance to a revered and respected national iconic organization.” – See more at: http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/31/major-hollywood-producer-cheers-michael-moore-kicked-academy-awards/?fb_source=pubv1#sthash.lniBqMNZ.dpuf
“I am grateful to the leadership of the Academy as well as the voters for returning integrity and balance to a revered and respected national iconic organization.” – See more at: http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/31/major-hollywood-producer-cheers-michael-moore-kicked-academy-awards/?fb_source=pubv1#sthash.lniBqMNZ.dpuf

Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Attacks (VoiceofRussia)

I’ve seen this several places – and keeping my eyes open for more details — but I have no idea of the validity. Feel free to comment if you have heard anything about these claims. And if you have more info about the Prince mentioned in this article —-

‘Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack

admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis’ – source

In an interview with Dale Gavlak, a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and Mint Press News, Syrian rebels tacitly implied that they were responsible for last week’s chemical attack. Some information could not immediately be independently verified.

“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” he writes in the article.

The rebels noted it was a result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them.

“My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.

As Gavlak reports, Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels died in a weapons storage tunnel. The father stated the weapons were provided to rebel forces by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, describing them as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”

“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K’. “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

“When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.

Gavlak also refers to an article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph about secret Russian-Saudi talks stating that Prince Bandar threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin with terror attacks at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if Russia doesn’t agree to change its stance on Syria.

“Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord,” the article stated.

“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” Saudi Prince allegedly told Vladimir Putin.

Mint Press News stated that some of the information couldn’t be independently verified and pledged to continue providing updates on this topic.

Recent publication by the Voice of Russia ‘Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis’ received a strong outcry among the Internet users as some of them claiming that the company’s reports are more credible than allegations against Syrian government made by US authorities.

‘It’s more credible than the US saying we have real evidence of Assad using them [chemical weapons]. Assad doesn’t get weapons from Saudi Arabia. They don’t have ties. The US will use any reason it can to go to war. Even if it means creating one’, writesDylanJamesCo on Reddit.

Meanwhile, not everyone shares such this point of view.

KoreyYrvaI writes that ‘The Voice of Russia wants us to believe that the Rebels totally were responsible for the chemical attack, and it was an accident… because Russia has been impartial throughout all of this and I don’t think America(or anyone) needs another war, but this is hardly credible’.

But one thing unites the users: they believe the US government wants and needs another war in the Middle East.

‘America is just getting better at proxy wars. They have firm ties with the Saudis, and they would have no problem destabilizing Syria if it meant the US could eventually target Iran and its oil reserve’, writesNineteenEightyTwo.

Voice of Russia, Mint Press News

Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_30/Syrian-rebels-take-responsibility-for-the-chemical-attack-admitting-the-weapons-were-provided-by-Saudis-1203/?from=menu

 

 

US and UK Syria Assessment Reports

If you would like to cut through the verbal spin and read the actual intelligence assessment report that US government has released and the UK report on Syria – you can download them both below.

US Assessment on Syria

Released 8-30-21013

UK-Report on Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

Released on 8-29-2013

If I find updates, they will be posted on the site too.

Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian gas attack last week killed 1,429, including 426 children.

The Obama administration cranked up its call for intervention in Syria on Friday, releasing portions of an intelligence report on last week’s chemical weapons attack as Secretary of State John Kerry said there’s “no doubt” the Assad regime was behind this “crime against humanity.”

Kerry issued a robust call for action in Syria, despite British lawmakers voting a day earlier not to get involved. He cited the findings of an intelligence assessment that was released shortly after he began speaking, saying there’s clear evidence chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime last week.

“I’m not asking you to take my word for it,” Kerry said, urging people to read the report. “This is what Assad did to his own people.”

Kerry called Bashar Assad a “thug” and a “murderer” who must not be allowed to escape retribution for the attack.

The intelligence assessment said the U.S. government has “high confidence” that the Syrian government carried out the chemical attack using a nerve agent.

The report said preliminary findings show 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including at least 426 children.

The assessment claimed that Syrian chemical weapons personnel even spent the three days prior to the attack preparing for the strike. The personnel allegedly were operating in a Damascus suburb from Aug. 18 until the day of the attack, near an area the regime uses to mix weapons like sarin gas. On the morning of the attack on Aug. 21, according to the report, “a Syrian regime element” prepared for a strike, “including through the utilization of gas masks.”

The report said the symptoms of victims — “unconsciousness, foaming from the nose and mouth, constricted pupils, rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing” — as well as videos showing dead victims with no visible injuries are all consistent with chemical weapons use.

“We know where the rockets were launched from and at what time,” Kerry said. “We know where they landed and when. We know rockets came only from regime controlled areas and went only to opposition controlled or contested neighborhoods.”

As Kerry and the rest of the administration make their public case for intervention in Syria, they are running into heavy skepticism from Congress, in addition to the vote in London on Thursday. Kerry said Friday the administration is mindful of concerns about an Iraq war repeat, and will continue talking to Congress, allies and the American people. But he said this would involve no boots on the ground and bear “no resemblance” to Iraq, Afghanistan, or even Libya.

“We know that after a decade of conflict the American people are tired of war. Believe me I am too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility,” he said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/30/kerry-says-clear-evidence-chemical-weapons-used-in-syria-as-intelligence/

I could post a more graphic and disturbing picture, but I don’t want to give Hassad more exposure for his atrocities. But you may find the map shared above – to be of interest. It is from http://orientalreview.org/2013/06/02/why-do-they-frighten-us-with-syrian-chemical-weapons/

Why is this Man Teaching English at VA Tech

I like to question things and then figure them out – its something I’ve done since I was a kid. Occasionally something stumps me and I just can’t figure out the answer. Something that has been a matter of ongoing confusion is about the people who live in the US or come to the US to live – and they hate this country.

We all have issues with our home at times, but I’m talking about people and especially politicians who cannot stand the very things that make this country great. Its like the history of the country – every place has things they aren’t proud of and many people may wish they never happened. But – that is like our lives and our experiences, each of those things contributed to what we became – as a person or a country. I’m the kind of person that feels our problems and difficulties show if we are strong or weak – they either squash us, or they make us stronger.

But back to the article – there is an English professor at VA Tech who is calling for people to stop “supporting our troop”. He doesn’t need to support them and he can go home, maybe he hasn’t heard that “home is where the heart is” and his heart certainly isn’t in the US.

VA Tech professor: Stop saying “Support the Troops”

Steven Salaita, an associate professor of English atVirginia Techargues in a column posted this morning at Salon.com that Americans should stop saying “support the troops,” calling it “trite and tiresome.” He argues that patriotism and voicing support for the troops is merely a cover for American “imperialism” and likens American soldiers to murderers and ignorant individuals who “act like an Adam Sandler character.”

According to the blog “Social Foundations of Education,” Salaita is an anti-Israel, pro-Jihadist advocate known for making outrageous statements. He’s written a number of books supportive of Arab radicals, including Israel’s Dead Soul (published by Temple University) and Anti-Arab Racism in the USA.

In the column, Salaita’s condescending tone with anything and everything pro-military is evident immediately. His entire tirade is based on an incident at a convenience store in which he refused to put 18 cents in a donation jar to “support the troops.” He criticized such donation requests, saying “In recent years I’ve grown fatigued of appeals on behalf of the troops, which intensify in proportion to the belligerence or potential unpopularity of the imperial adventure du jour.”

Salaita, however, did not bother to inquire what the donation was for. In fact, there are a number of charities that rely on such donations and appeals, including The Wounded Warrior Project (which provides extensive assistance to soldiers and their families), The Independence FundThe Fisher House Foundation,Troops Direct, and the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

Salaita, however, seems less concerned about defining symbolic or literal support for our troops. Instead, he is angered by what our military represents, and what he perceives as the inhuman conduct by the troops. “Who, for instance, are ‘the troops’?” he writes. “Do they include those safely on bases in Hawaii and Germany? Those guarding and torturing prisoners at Bagram and Guantánamo? The ones who murder people by remote control? The legions of mercenaries in Iraq? The ones I’ve seen many times in the Arab world acting like an Adam Sandler character? ‘The troops’ traverse vast sociological, geographical, economic and ideological categories. It does neither military personnel nor their fans any good to romanticize them as a singular organism.”

Salaita’s disdain is not limited to soldiers; at the heart of his argument is a belief that America is an inherently evil entity that imposes its greed and violence on the less fortunate around the world. He disapproves of America’s involvement in any way with matters outside of its own borders because of it. “To support the troops is to accept a particular idea of the American role in the world. It also forces us to pretend that it is a country legitimately interested in equality for all its citizens. Too much evidence to the contrary makes it impossible to accept such an assumption.”

As a result of his condescending attitude and perception of himself as more enlightened and intelligent than our country’s leaders and members of our military, Salaita spends his column insulting them at every turn. “One wonders if our troops are the ass-kicking force of P.R. lore or an agglomeration of oversensitive duds and beggars,” he said. In addition, his quick dismissal of anyone who displays any respect for our nation and its troops fails to grasp that, for most, statements like “support our troops” have a much deeper, complicated meaning. It is one of the reasons many can voice support for “the troops” while also disagreeing with some American policies, the President, and even members of their own political party.

Ultimately, his argument, which relishes in the stereotypes and generalizations made of American democracy by the political left, fails to understand the basic realities of the world we live in. While he makes a comfortable living in his privileged college teaching job, the Arab countries he so readily defends burn down schools (especially those who educate girls) and kill students and teachers.

Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog WhenLiberalsAttack.com. His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog,VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email atvic@victormedina.comClick here to receive a weekly email update from WhenLiberalsAttack.com. To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link at the top of this page.

http://www.examiner.com/article/va-tech-professor-stop-saying-support-the-troops

New Study: Gun Control Rhetoric Wrong

A new study coming out of Harvard will have gun control activists cringing.  It seems for all their rhetoric about the dismantling of the 2nd Amendment equaling fewer firearm deaths, the study proves quite the opposite.  In part the study reads:

shows numbers for Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates, it is readily apparent that less guns to do not mean less death. In Russia, where the rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, the murder rate was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. That same year in Finland, where the rater of gun ownership is exceedingly higher–39,000 per 100,000–the murder rate was almost nill, at 1.98 per 100,000. Looking at Western Europe, the study shows that Norway “has far and away Western Europe’s highest household gun ownership rate (32%), but also its lowest murder rate.”

And then….”when the study focuses on intentional deaths by looking at the U.S. vs Continental Europe, the findings are no less revealing. The U.S., which is so often labeled as the most violent nation in the world by gun control proponents, comes in 7th–behind Russia, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Ukraine–in murders. America also only ranks 22nd in suicides.  The murder rate in Russia, where handguns are banned, is 30.6; the rate in the U.S. is 7.8.”

As someone who has been saying all along that gun control only controls honest, responsible gun owners, this study comes as no surprise.  It won’t be a surprise, either, when the gun-control crowd completely ignores the study and continues with their false rhetoric in order to advance their agenda.

http://chicksontheright.com/posts/item/24652-well-this-is-inconvenient-for-gun-control-activists

49 Year Old Teacher Gets 30 Days After Student Rape

Many men cannot understand what a woman goes through when she is raped – I know that. Politicians make it abundantly clear that too many men cannot talk intelligently about rape or any sexual abuse – but this judge is a disgrace.

This case bothers me on so many levels and its an important topic I think readers of this blog will want to know about. I have no legal training – but something needs to be done about this judge. And the teacher being sentenced to only 30 days is insane. I can’t even imagine how this mother must have felt after her daughter died and after this verdict. She will likely never read this — but my heart goes out to her and I hope that she will be able to find some peace. And – someone needs to get involved to help her get justice for her daughter…

THE MYTH OF THE TEENAGE TEMPTRESS: OR WHY A YOUNG GIRL CAN NOT CONSENT TO SEX WITH AN ADULT MAN

A Senior High teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student who later committed suicide was sentenced to spend just 30 days in jail, partly because the victim seemed “older than her chronological age.”

I started having sex with adult men when I was 13 years old.

Neglected at home and ostracized at school, I found comfort in the sexual attentions of older men. Unlike boys my own age, who cruelly taunted me, older men were nice to me. Unlike my emotionally distant father, older men paid attention to me. They were grooming me, but to that chubby, attention-starved teenage girl, their attentions felt a lot like love.

And so I created Prodigy chat rooms with names like “13yo girl home alone” and spent hours chatting and having phone sex with the men who would find me there. I “dated” men in their 20s and 30s that I met at the movie theater, online or hanging around local college town with my other underage girlfriends. I pursued these relationships with with Lolita-like abandon. The terrifying thing is how few adult men ever said no.

I was not coerced. I consented to all these sexual encounters in the basest sense of the world. But I was making choices that I wasn’t emotionally equipped to make. Legally, that’s why statutory rape laws exist. Because like an intoxicated person, an underage person is not truly capable of informed consent.

And yet, on Monday, Stacey Rambold, a Senior High teacher convicted of raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who later committed suicide, was sentenced to spend just 30 days in jail. The judge justified his decision in part by saying he listened to recorded statements given by Morales before her death and believes that while she was a troubled youth, she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold.

The judge also said Morales was “older than her chronological age.”

Yep, you read that right. A 14-year-old ” troubled youth” who eventually committed suicide (as a direct result of the sexual assault and its aftermath, according to her mother) had “control over the situation” with a 49-year-old rapist. But don’t worry, this wasn’t “the kind of rape most people think about,” according to Judge G. Todd Baugh. “It was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies.” He generously added that “It was nonetheless a rape…and this should not have occurred.”After the sentencing, the victim’s mother shouted “You people suck!” repeatedly before storming out of the court, and later told news cameras, “My faith in the justice system is gone.”While researching this article, I read many comments supporting the judge’s decision, all predicated on the idea that the 14-year-old victim had consented to sex with her 49-year-old teacher.

“There is little to no information given about what the nature of the relationship was, how it started, how long it lasted, how the girl felt about the relationship or perceived it, how much consent … she gave in regards to it all, but all signs point to the fact that this was an ongoing relationship where they engaged in sex on at least 3 occasions, which strongly brings to question just how much actual victimization took place here,” wrote one commenter.

The fact is, a 14-year-old girl may be capable of agreeing to sex with a 49-year-old man, but she doesn’t have the emotional and mental maturity toconsent.  I was 25 before I realized that every man I’d slept with as a teenager was a pedophile. It seemed to me that since I’d courted the attention, that I was fully culpable. What teenager believes she is not mentally or emotionally capable of full consent? I thought I was an adult, although when I look at the picture of myself from the time period above, I see a child.

I thought I was the exception for these men, the girl so precocious and advanced that it superseded social norms. I thought that I was “older than my chronological age.”

It never occurred to me as a young sexually active teen that the adult men I had relationships with may have been manipulating me, that they had designs and motives I couldn’t see from my limited child’s perspective.

Once, I met a 28-year-old man online and went to his house for a “date.” He began to undress me almost immediately — I went along with it because I wanted him to like me, and our sexual encounter culminated with him holding my head down and ejaculating into my throat while I sputtered and struggled to pull away. Later, I couldn’t understand why he never called me again, why he didn’t want to be my boyfriend.

Because I was a child, I was missing large pieces of the perspective required to understand adult situations. Children can be sexual. Children can pursue. Girl children in particular may have already learned how to manipulate and bargain with their sexuality at a very young age. They are still children. Like all children, they test boundaries, boundaries that adults must set and maintain.

If Cherice Morales was indeed a “troubled youth,” like I was, if she came from a dysfunctional home or had a trauma background or had been previously abused, then not only may she have been lacking in protection at home, she may have been especially incapable of protecting herself. And that’s why statutory rape laws exist — to protect children who need protecting, not just from those who will prey upon them, but from themselves.

The defense argued that Rambold had suffered enough by losing his career, his marriage and his home and suffering a “scarlet letter of the Internet” as a result of publicity about the case.

For my part, I spent the next decade of my life wrestling with demons borne partly of sexual trauma. I became addicted to drugs, risky sex, and alcohol. I still struggle to learn that there are better ways to get attention than with my body, that my sexuality isn’t the only thing that makes me worthy of love and attention.

Still, I made it out of my teen years alive; Cherice Morales wasn’t so lucky.

What I needed, and what she needed, were strong male role models in my life who knew how the fuck to say “No thanks” to a little girl’s come-ons. Because it doesn’t matter if a young girl is saying yes, it’s an adult man’s job to say no.

You can sign a petition to unseat Judge G. Todd Baugh here. For Billings residents, a protest will take place outside the courthouse tomorrow at noon.

Article and Image – http://www.xojane.com/issues/stacey-rambold-cherice-morales