Monday, October 8, 2018

It's Technically Illegal, But...

There are laws which are on the books, but are seldomly, if ever, enforced.  Such laws include:
  • In Salt Lake County Utah it is illegal to carry a violin in a paper bag.
  • In Florida it is illegal to fart in public after six o'clock in the evening on Sundays.
  • In Massachusetts it is illegal to go to bed without bathing, however, in the same state, law prohibits bathing on Sundays.
  • In New York when a person jumps off a building it is against the law and they are sentenced to death.
  • In Alabama it is illegal to wear a fake mustache to make people laugh in church.
  • In Alabama it illegal to throw salt on railroad tracks, and death is the penalty.
  • In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the stand.
  • In California it is illegal to bath two babies in the same bath at the same time.
  • No alcoholic beverage is allowed within five hundred feet of a cash register in a store that sells both alcohol and gasoline in California.
  • In Saratoga, Florida no citizen can sing and wear a swimsuit at the same time.
  • In all 50 states it's illegal to sexually assault someone.

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    Think that last item doesn't belong on the list? Think again.

    RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. According to RAINN's Criminal Justice System Statistics, for every 1,000 rapes which occur in the United States 310 are reported.  Out of those, 57 result in an arrest, 11 of those cases are referred to prosecuting attorneys.  7 of the prosecutions result in guilty verdicts, 6 of which are incarcerated.  That's right boys and girls, only 6 out of 1,000 rapes lead to prison time.  Does that sound like a law that we enforce?

    I know what you're thinking.  Why do 69% of rapes go unreported?   Could it be that many people still don't see sexual assault as a "real crime?"  Think about it.  On October 7th, 2016, America heard a recording of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women by their hoohaws and getting away with it because he's rich.  Four weeks later, we elected him president.  GRABBING WOMEN BY THEIR LADY PARTS WASN'T A DEAL BREAKER!

    Recently, Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was accused of assaulting three women.  After one of the women was allowed to testify before a Senate committee, and the FBI conducted a perfunctory investigation, Kavanaugh was made a Supreme Court justice.

    While a suspected sexual predator was being considered for a job with the highest court in the land, Dr. Christine Biasey Ford, Kavanaugh's first accuser, was receiving death threats and being made fun of by the president at  a rally in Mississippi.

    When asked about their vote to confirm the new justice, several Republican Senators said Ford's testimony was credible because they still weren't convinced to vote no.  In other words, they believed her, but IT WASN'T A DEAL BREAKER!

    Is it any wonder that victims of sexual assault don't come forward?  The few brave souls who do speak up are accused of "asking for it," ostracized, and put through Hell.  Then, their case probably won't result in jail time for their attacker.

    How can we expect young girls to respect themselves when our leaders are making the clear it's OK to treat them as sexual objects?

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