Speaking of mangling the message, two more rapes were reported at Zuccotti Park today, this time by a perptester working in the kitchens.
26-year-old Tonye Iketubosin of Crown Heights allegedly raped an 18-year-old woman from Massachusetts early Saturday morning, and sexually assaulted another 18-year-old woman on October 25th at the park. According to Beau Sibbing, a Wisconsin resident who has been working in the kitchen at Zuccotti Park for the past three weeks, Iketubosin was banned from the park after word spread of the allegations; but he kept showing up, and on Tuesday night, “a whole bunch of people came and made him leave the park. Then the NYPD picked him up. I wasn’t sure if it was for his own safety or if he was being arrested.”
A randomly interviewed female protester had this to say about the incident:
“I think this is an isolated incident,” Greenfield says. “I don’t have any reason to believe that the victim would lie, and I don’t want to believe that anyone would lie about this, but I still think that it’s always important to hear both sides.”
Mayor Bloomberg, however, had a different reaction:
“If this is in fact happening—and it’s very hard to get good information—it is despicable. I think it is outrageous and it really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe.” [bolding in original article]
He went on to say:
The mayor called the occupiers’ version of vigilante justice “disturbing,” and was asked if he was “very” concerned about the practice: “‘Very’ understates it. It is a very high priority. We have an obligation to protect everybody in the city.”
A Citizen Journalist from All Voices had this introspective comment:
I am put off that not more has been said about the two sexual incidents or other crimes in the park. When police were allegedly brutal with protesters, it was all over the headlines. Non-stop coverage. And now, one would be hard pressed to learn of the aforementioned stories or other petty crimes taking place at the site. It is even more disturbing when the protesters arrange family night sleepovers and children’s day. Clearly something is wrong with this picture.
Obviously it muddles the message when Occupiers defend against rapes in their midst and the 1% mayor has more of a clue about how to address sex crimes against women than the supposedly woman-friendly occupiers. The problem appears to be one of simple math.
I haz a blogz up too 🙂
My own blogz beginning to creep me out 😉
“My own blogz beginning to creep me out”
LOL! I hate it when that happens.
I can’t seem to find any videos on YouTube from yesterday’s events in Oakland.
I guess the protesters are beginning to realize their own videos are harming their cause.
does this help here are some videos
The Men’s Warehouse store in Oakland closed yesterday and put a sign in their window expressing solidarity with OWS
Protesters broke their window anyway.
I guess the OWS boys didn’t believe the MW president when he said he guaranteed they’d be satisfied.
LOL, not really off topic, but remember Arsenic and Old Lace? I just saw a poster of it that said, “keep it up and you could become the smell in my attic.” Indeed.
Given the problems with sexual assault at OWS, given the misogyny of the last election that carried right over onto Palin deciding not to run, I’m just too disgusted to even worry about Cain and these accusations of him causing somebody discomfort. I mean, give me a bloody break! We don’t have to dredge something up from 15 yrs ago to find horrendous treatment of women. The selective outrage is just maddening.
The ration of women to men in the OWS protest is already too low. Sexual assault is going to make it drop lower. I don’t want more women to get involved, but the thing is, studies have proven that the less women involved, the higher the degree of violence. You might find one or two women smashing store fronts and assaulting cops, but 99% of them are going to be young men.
from Portland Mayor to owies
violence will not be tolerated
… and I really mean it this time…
a book on the owies
OWS the occupy wall st tipping point
i wonder if it will be on nook
NYC residents to owies READ THE 2ND AMENDMENT.
this is quite an article and says a lot about the patience and tolerance of citizens
Guns a better investment then Gold
Golly gee, no more drive-bys from OFA/OWS kool-aid drinkers. I’m starting to miss them. 🙂
This fucked up reporting system is a dream come true for any perv.
So, randomly interviewed woman wants to hear both sides, how many women need to be assaulted by the same person before she’ll settle with one?
All of them until she’s one of them.
You’re probably right. (big honking sigh)
That’s it. The difference in responses is just astounding. This movement pays lip service to once-sacred Democratic principles. *smh*
Yep, and thanks so much for your work on this Lola, you and The Crawdad Hole are doing a hell of a job.
Something truly historical happened tonight!
I got my first call evah from OFA, asking me to support Obama.
Had to say I couldn’t do that. He asked why. I told him I know 0 used lies and fraud and voter/delegate intimidation to win, that I didn’t think he embodies Democratic values or is doing an admirable job, and that I would never vote for 0 or most other Dems until the party got back its internal integrity and cleaned up the corruption. Told the poor guy to google “we will not be silenced,” “caucus fraud dem primary 2008,” and “may 31,2008 rules and bylaws DNC” if he wanted to know what I was talking about. He kind of sputtered for a while before I went back to my meal.
We had chicken and dumplings and the phone call was even more satisfying than the supper.
good for you.
that was great–they won’t even call me anymore (and I enjoyed it too).
OOoo…might have to start answering the phone….lol….didn’t realize they were making calls so soon.
Sputtered…yup….that’s what mine did too. It makes you wish for a follow up call after they googled everything. 😉
There’s a bit of a debate going on with Occupy Seattle, apparently the GA voted to not report any crimes to the police. Some people are upset about it, especially in the case of sexual assault. One women said, so what, we’re the Catholic church now?