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June 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Money can’t cure the damage
I was appalled, angry and sick after reading the article [“Women sues after police didn’t buy rape claim,” page one, June 11]. This is the kind of story that keeps people who are raped from reporting it to the police.
It’s one thing that they didn’t believe it to begin with, but then to charge her for false reporting and fine her $500 — what the hell? She was also forced into counseling and had to lie about the rape or be evicted.
I’ve been around for 63 years and have been frustrated for most of those years about how poorly women have been and are treated. This to me is a prime example. She may and should win this suit but no amount of money will cure the emotional issues she will face the rest of her life.
Linda Bowen, Shoreline
May 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Sen. Hatfield can’t be trusted
As a child-rights advocate, I found the story on state Sen. Brian Hatfield hiding his son’s child-rape crimes from the public to be disturbing [“Senator failed to report sex abuse,” NWThursday, May 9]. Our elected officials are supposed to stand up for what’s fair and just in order to protect our community. When does protecting your own kin come before that of thy neighbor?
I think Hatfield struggled with a moral dilemma in February when he discovered his son had raped a young girl in their family home. He was voted into office to protect the rights of his community members, yet he chose not to report the child rape for several months. Should people be expected to report a crime that their own child has committed, or was Hatfield just in a sticky situation?
I don’t give sympathy to any man who tries to hide a crime committed against an innocent child. If we as a community can’t trust our government representatives to report child rape, then how can we trust them to protect our basic human rights?
Hannah Bauer, Bellingham
May 17, 2013 at 6:32 AM
Congress must work to end abuse
Government officials must take serious immediate action to end sexual abuse within the military culture [“Editorial: Take steps to stop military sex abuse,” Opinion, May 11].
A friend of mine was training to be a marine and was the only woman in her unit of trainees. She once told me about an incident that happened between her and her immediate supervisor. Not only was she scared to speak up for herself, since her supervisor had threatened her, but she could not tell anyone about the incident because there was no one to tell.
I am sure her crime went unreported just as the majority of crimes do. I was scared for her. That the attacks would get worse, and they did.
After a long period of time, the severity of sexual abuse had taken its toll. She was different when she came home. She was timid, shy, and extremely jumpy and nervous around men.
Women are risking their lives, just as men are, to protect their country, and in return, women are mistreated and brutalized by sexual attacks.
Congress and military leaders must stop ignoring complaints and end this pandemic of sexual abuse in the military culture because the abuse causes everlasting damage among citizens.
Alice España, Seattle
April 30, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Saratoga rapists should have been be treated like adults
As a graduate of Saratoga High School, I was disgusted and outraged by the actions taken by the school [“Editorial: Renew help for sexual-assault victims,” Opinion, April 25].
Punishment for a gang rape by three students was being kicked off the football team. When I was a student there, smoking and long hair got you kicked off the team. Now it takes a gang rape.
California’s law saying the boys can’t be tried as adults is unbelievable. What they did was an adult crime and they should be treated as adults. What they did was directly responsible for her death as were the pictures posted on the Internet. What is today’s youth coming to?
Bruce D. Loughridge, Saratoga High School Class of 1966, Bremerton
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