Sexually assaulted on the subway during commuting hours, only 1 took a stand.
As I was browsing twitter's feed tonight, one caught my eye in particular, and no it wasn't regarding technology it was regarding a woman's experience at the subway station less than a mile from my home. I personally contacted her, because I feel this needs to be brought to the public's attention, for a multitude of reasons.
Beverly and I had a very nice Google Hangouts session because I needed to know more, so I could bring this to the public's eye because you know the Los Angeles Times would write about an incident such as this, and instead on CNN the breaking news report is about a a famous person who is struggling.
I'm going to bring to your attention something that happend and according to the Rape Abuse & Incest Sexual National Network or (RAINN) every 2 minutes someone in the USA is sexually assaulted.
Beverly was riding the subway home from Downtown where she works to her home in Northern Hollywood area, it was a typical Los Angeles commuting hour, people hustling and bustling to get to their job, get home from their job, find the nearest smoke shop immediately because they just ran out, etc.
As Beverly was getting off car, she noticed a woman screaming at a man and she was concerned because as she states; "It looked like a fight was going to break out or there was some sort of [dangerous] confrontation." Beverly was very wise in not getting in the middle of their debacle as she knew nothing about if one had a weapon, etc. (Do NOT EVER try and break up a dangerous or potentially life threatening confrontation.) She stood back from a distance, and finally I guess she met up with the victim on the next level above the subway platform.
The girl had told her the man had reached up her skirt, which Beverly claims was not very snort (although even it is was, it still doesn't ever give anyone the right or authority to invade someone's private areas like that.) and groped her vagina. Enraged enough? Well it gets worse.......
Beverly saved this woman's life, apparently this is low on the LAPD priorities.
Whoever is recruiting police officers needs Beth sent me a follow up with some specific quotes that I will include when appropriate. Like I said they finally found a payphone, called 911 immediately and the young woman obviously very frightened was pretty upset and hysterical, if you've ever had to keast helpful phrase; "Mam, I understand you are in danger but, I'm going to need you to calm down if you want me to send help.
The victim (operator still trying to get victim to calm down) asked Beth to run up to the street and find the infamous two cops that stand in front of Forever 21 like it's The Pentagon. Beth understandably so was hesitant to leave the woman alone, but knew if was probably for the best due to the fact that;
- Beth knew the perpatroator was still down in the tunnel where he could easily spot the victim somewhere & who knows what could happen.
- The 911 Operators have been using the Calm Down technique since before phones were invented I think, (Dispatch, sorry to report but, your 8 letters of "c-a-l-m d-o-w-n") do nothing but make the victim who is trying to escape from their life ending
Beth approached the "Forever 21 Police Bodygaurds", Beth was obviously emotionally heightened not to the point of crying but, try to save a dear young girls life. The LAPD officers response to her request for them to follow her so they could speak directly with the victim, was denied until she put on her saleswoman shoes and had to SELL the idea to the police before they finally decided they could walk ONE set of stairs down to a save a fucking life.
This put Beth in a tricky spot now, the police were with the victim,and now were able to obtain all the info they needed, while they scoured the subway tunnel Beth just kind of hung around waiting to see if they'd catch this vile man. After searching and coming up with nothing the girl and Beth briefly talked, and the girl didn't even thank Beth, neither did the officers Beth gave some good advice to her as well, and ultimately the girl decided that she didn't want to wait and talk to the sheriff, which honestly makes me highly suspicious, along with the fact that Beth was not around when the victim "supposedly" spoke with Sheriff's apartment, on top of Beth calling later and finding out no report had been filed.
Although Beth orchestrated and may have even saved that girls life even the folks that were directly involved seemed (at least from I, the authors point of view) not appreciative of her actions. Beth took time at the end of her busy probably stressful work day because human instinict to help another kicked in, why don't we have more people like her these days? Oh wait, we all have SIri but, unfortunately one thing she can't do is save you from someone who is trying to attack you in a no cell/no wifi tunnel
“Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration), groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner.”— Anonymous Sexual Assault Victim
Solution to Emergencies in the Subway
What would be your soultion so that folks can quickly and efficiently contact authorities either on the subway or in the subway stations?
So what CAN you do if you experience this;
- Ask if the victim needs help, PLEASE again, before stepping in, make sure to evaluate the risk. If it means putting yourself in danger, call 911 instead
- When you go to a social event or party, go with a group and pair up if you need to, you never know.
- If you see someone who is intoxicated, offer to call them a cab.
- Listen. Be there. Don’t be judgmental.
- Encourage your friend to report the rape to law enforcement (call 911 in most areas). If your friend has questions about the criminal justice process, talking with someone on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE can help.
- Let your friend know that professional help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.
- If your friend is willing to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany them wherever they need to go (hospital, police station, campus security, etc.)
- Encourage him or her to contact one of the hotlines, but realize that only your friend can make the decision to get help.
Something to do before you leave this article;
- Send a letter to the LAPD by signing up for their e-policing program-
- Sign Up and Volunteer at your local Rape Crisis Center
- & finally be aware of your surrounding especially in public settings, for your safety and the safety of others, who knows you could save a life.
I want to give a HUGE thank you to Beverly B. for taking the time to speak with me regarding this incident, I also want to thank her for her sheer bravery. Stay brave love. <3