LETTER: Instead of blaming women, try not assaulting them

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 1:59 p.m. CDT

This letter is in regard to the Sept. 23 article on the alleged sexual assaults that took place at the winery.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tom Reddin’s final words toward the end of the article are an ignorant and misguided attempt at giving closure and backwards advice to avoid the extremely horrible act of sexual assault. To quote the article, “Reddin said people (read women) who go out for a night of drinking should take necessary precautions, such as designating a group of friends to stay close...” Furthermore, Major Reddin is quoted saying, “We want people (again, women) to understand when you go out, stay with your group of friends. Don’t overindulge and if you do, make sure a safety plan is in place.” But I just have to ask, why isn't his advice to not sexually assault people? Is that too much to ask of young men? This is a classic case of blaming the victim. It disturbs me that an individual whose job it is to prevent, or at least deter, such atrocious crimes does not address the actual issue at hand. While taking preventative precautions might be in the best interest for individual peace of mind, we are once again avoiding the problem of violence against our fellow human beings. Regardless of the precautions taken, until we have a mutual respect for our fellow inhabitants and understand the autonomy of individuals, we’ll continue to miss the mark. In the meantime, I would hope that our law enforcement and legal agencies will someday obtain some common sense and a true, grounded perspective of their duties.


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Patrick Sweet September 29, 2009 | 8:00 p.m.

This makes a lot of sense. The Major should have said, "Don't engage in violence against our fellow human beings." That would have made the world a better place.

Oh wait, the Major understands people and that no matter how many times or ways you tell folks not to do something, some will still do it. So, I guess it makes sense that he gave sound advice on how to protect yourself from these crimes.

By the way, don't assume that young men are always committing the sexual assaults. Also, take a second to realize that the Major could have easily told women to take precautions, but, as you pointed out with your additions, he referred to people in general because anyone can be taken advantage of when intoxicated.

Enlightening letter.

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Allan Sharrock September 29, 2009 | 8:17 p.m.

Patrick do you still write for the Missourian? I haven't seen a article in awhile.

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Patrick Sweet September 29, 2009 | 8:32 p.m.

Sadly, I'm not on staff this semester. As much as my social life has improved because of that, I must say I miss it a little.

I'm not done for good though. I am looking forward to being a slightly more senior member of the staff next semester as an advanced reporting student. That's the plan, anyway.

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