I received the quoted information (below) about additional protests being planned related to the handling of the case where Tory Bowen refused earlier this week to sign the document agreeing not to use any of the banned words, including the word rape, in the new rape trial.
For those of you who think this impacts only one case, I believe this ruling and many others allow prejudicial testimony and evidence when the prejudice is against victims. The scales of justice are supposed to be balanced, not tipped in either direction. The difference in this case is that the ruling gained local attention and then national attention.
NEW - NATIONAL EMERGENCY ACTION - 07/17/07 - NOON
WE NEED YOU IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
Participants to bring folded bandanas or scarves to cover their mouths and poster board with the words written that Tory Bowen was banned from saying (ie. Rape Kit, Sexual Assault, Rape, Date Rape Drugs, etc) Gather at YOUR county court house.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions.
URGENT - Judge declares mistrial due to our free speech to protest his unconstitutional ruling! You must join us at the county courthouse - it is up to us to be the voice for all who have been silenced by violence!
FOR MORE MEDIA COVERAGE:
Last month, Lancaster, NE County District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront barred the words "rape", "sexual assault nurse examiner" and "sexual assault kit."
In the sexual assault survivor Tory Bowen's opinion, Cheuvront's ruling means she will have to lie on the witness stand.
"The word "sex" implies consent," she said. "I never once would describe (what happened) as sex. He's making me commit perjury."
We need to amend Nebraska law, currently it reads:
Section 27-403 Rule 403. Exclusion of relevant evidence; reasons.
Although relevant, evidence may be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading the jury, or by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence.
**End this travesty of justice!! Give survivors free speech on the witness stand to testify the truth!
Please sign and forward to your friends!
If you cannot attend a local rally on 7/17 then I encourage you to bring the rally online by posting in support of those who are rallying in person.
With the number of rape victims and the even higher number of people who know someone who has been victimized, we can give judges and lawmakers a much-needed wake up call. The protesters aren't trying to interfere with justice, they are trying to ensure it has a fair shot.
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Labels: Violence Against Women