Sexual abuse or assault at Occupy Baltimore is in violation of our values, and will not be tolerated. It is an explicit policy of Occupy Baltimore to prohibit abuse by any members of the community upon another person. Violation of this policy will result in the abuser no longer being welcome at the occupation.
Well that’s totally harsh. How about “Violations of this policy will result in your next-of-kin being told where to find your remains” or “Violators will be beaten until the cops arrive?”
Read the rules. Victims aren’t encouraged to call the cops, they’re allowed to.
The Occupy movement has a serious, nationwide problem with sexual harassment, assault and even alleged rape. While local media has dutifully reported on these incidents, the national media hasn’t noticed the problem. As you’ll see, there is even evidence that some Occupy outposts are subtly discouraging the reporting of assaults to police.
Let’s begin with this report of sexual harassment at Occupy Oakland in yesterday’s Oakland Tribune:
City officials said Tuesday they may have to shut down the Occupy Oakland tent city in coming days because it is attracting rats, alcohol and illegal drug use…
This comes on the heels of increasing reports of illegal drug and alcohol abuse, fighting, and sexual harassment in and around the camp of about 100 tents, Boyd said.
This is far from the first time an occupy site has been marred by such things. A man exposing himself was just arrested in Seattle:
A man has exposed himself to several young girls in North Seattle was arrested about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Seattle police said…
Investigators identified the 29-year-old man, who had a birthday Friday, and said they saw on an Internet page that he planned to attend the Occupy Seattle protest.
According to this story, Occupy Portland now has a sexual assault team in place:
Blue armbands are peacekeepers. Medics wear red. Police liaisons wear wear yellow, media specialists wear orange. Purple is food, green legal issues and those who need sexual assault advocates look for pink.
Why do they need this? Because there was a reported sexual assault there just over a week ago:
Police said they are investigating a possible sexual assault in Chapman Square where the Occupy Portland protesters are camping…
Officers were flagged down Friday night at 11:15 p.m. at SW 5th Avenue and Main Street by protesters, Simpson said. Officers learned a woman may have been sexually assaulted in a tent in the square, but she did not want to be identified.
But this isn’t happening just in Portland. At the flagship Occupy event in New York a man was arrested last week after drunkenly groping several women in Zuccotti Park:
protesters got fed up with 27-year-old Dave Park, who frequently showed up drunk to Zuccotti Park and allegedly groped several women, protesters said.
After repeated incidents and failed intervention attempts by Occupy Wall Street’s security team, the protesters finally went to the NYPD for help in removing Park, according to Paul Isaac, a member of the security team.
But in a twist, the victim has declined to press charges:
Police sources said Park will likely not be charged with sexual assault because the victim declined to file a criminal complaint…At a recent meeting of Occupy Wall Street’s nonviolent conflict de-escalation group, those present discouraged protesters from going to police unless absolutely necessary.
It’s not hard to see that the Occupy movement is worried about the bad press such charges might bring.
I already told you about the young woman in Cleveland who says she was raped.