Acknowledging that rapes have occured is not entirely what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a campaign like the one to keep foreign objects out of the porta-potty. That info was all over the place, and the entire community was recruited to help. The same level of awareness should be sought on this issue. And it's not just rape. There were a few guys who got jumped and beat up, apparently just for the fun of it. A blurb in the Survival Guide and a few other places would help. It might include a list of things to watch for, and what to do about them. When I first went to Burning Man, this kind of thing was the last problem I would have anticipated. It was only afterwards that I realized it was out there.theCryptofishist wrote:
This could be where I pull a Stuart and say "cites", but I won't. As noted, the offical website admits to 2 sexual assults last year. I wouldn't call that a non-acknowledgement. And it's not my place to speak for the Emergency Services Department, but I'd have to say that based on my knowledge of both the ESD head and the "CIT" head that they would love for this never to happen again. At a guess (and again, I'm not privey to any information) I'd say that they have reporting requirements for probable cases that occur and end up having medical attention. And my guess is that the Rangers have procedures as well. And I don't usually like the attitude of "Trust us we are authourity figures we will take care of it" it's fine with me that these procedures are not broadcast. Known procedures are more easily subverted. The question then becomes how do we, the community, the e-playans make the playa safer. How do we partner with the Rangers and ESD and help us even LEOs to reduce risk and have better outcomes? Does the "Yahoo Education Project" have a place? More self-defence classes with "Rapist Buster" patches sewn on afterwards? Some of it should be made public, and I really wish whoever it was who made that idiot statement about no rapes at BRC would be contacted and shut up, but has it occured to you that maybe the LLC is in the same position as we are--hurt, outraged, and not quite sure what to do?
Sorry if I came down a little hard. Not my intent
Knowlege is power.