Lunacy at Occupy Baltimore

Cliff Notes version: if you've been sexually assaulted, contact one of our counselors for help and support, not the police. Derek Hunter of Big Government visited the Occupy Baltimore demonstration and picked up some of the literature laying down the rules:

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.

So sexual abuse or assault are against "explicit policy" and will get you shunned? What about arrested? Those things are crimes, after all. Shouldn't Occupy Baltimore, like every other group or individual, encourage people to contact the police to get these predators off the street? You'd think so, but you'd think wrong:

Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement.

So if someone were sexually assaulted, a horrible experience, they wouldn't be discouraged to contact the police, the "occupy community" would rather handle it internally. That's just perverse.

The "Reporting Procedure":

Any member of the Occupy Baltimore community who believes he/she/they have been a victim of, are aware of, or suspect a commission of sexual abuse, are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee. T (sic)

The point person for dealing with these situations will be Koala! (sic) Largess, (443) 642-XXXX.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse will be given the support, resources, and assistance needed for their emotional and physical health.

So if you've been raped or sexually assaulted, don't call the police; call someone named "Koala." You can't make this up, mostly because women's groups would be protesting you if you did.

Cliff Notes version: if you've been sexually assaulted, contact one of our counselors for help and support, not the police. Derek Hunter of Big Government visited the Occupy Baltimore demonstration and picked up some of the literature laying down the rules:

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.

So sexual abuse or assault are against "explicit policy" and will get you shunned? What about arrested? Those things are crimes, after all. Shouldn't Occupy Baltimore, like every other group or individual, encourage people to contact the police to get these predators off the street? You'd think so, but you'd think wrong:

Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement.

So if someone were sexually assaulted, a horrible experience, they wouldn't be discouraged to contact the police, the "occupy community" would rather handle it internally. That's just perverse.

The "Reporting Procedure":

Any member of the Occupy Baltimore community who believes he/she/they have been a victim of, are aware of, or suspect a commission of sexual abuse, are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee. T (sic)

The point person for dealing with these situations will be Koala! (sic) Largess, (443) 642-XXXX.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse will be given the support, resources, and assistance needed for their emotional and physical health.

So if you've been raped or sexually assaulted, don't call the police; call someone named "Koala." You can't make this up, mostly because women's groups would be protesting you if you did.

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