and this ridiculous blog
, for example.)
Murfreesboro police said the 18-year-old suspect raped the girl and characterized surveillance tape of the incident as “shocking.” The police spokesman described it this way: “His hands were all over her body, and you can clearly see from the video that she's trying to fight him off and squirm away, yelling 'no' over and over again.”
But the all-male Rutherford County school board (pictured above) isn't quite as shocked. These dudes watched the same video, and their fearless leader had this to say about it: “I could not see what the young man was doing with his hands below the level of the seat back. But nothing I could see indicated a sexual assault was taking place.”
So, let me see if I have this right. You couldn't see what was happening behind the seat, but just to err on the side of caution, you're going to completely discount this young woman's claims, the police department's evaluation of the video, and default to the boy who was arrested in the incident?
After reviewing the video, the school board chairman did
call the incident “undeniably horrific,” but he added that it “was not the type of rape that most people seem to assume it was.” So, was it a lesser form of rape? Is there a less traumatic way to be raped on your trek home from school that we're not aware of?
(Note to commenters, before you artfully advise me “not to get my panties in a twist,” a common retort directed to Pithers of the female variety, I realize that the jury's still out on this case. But in the meantime, I simply don't see the sense in trivializing what may have happened to this young girl—or in laymen vehemently discounting her story. Or, in the larger sense, making it all the more harrowing and intimidating for young girls to come forward with reports of sexual assault.)
SEE ALSO: Aunt. B.
There's a lot of doubt among the post-middle-aged male demographic as to whether a 14-year-old Rutherford County girl was raped by a male student on her bus ride home from school. (Take this