Sunday, January 06, 2008

Rape Survivor Reports Sexual Assault By Self Defense Instructor

When it comes to rape prevention, we often think of self-defense classes and self-defense instructors as places and people who will help us remain safe. Unfortunately, some people choose to violate that trust rather than to uphold it.

As with all rapes and other forms of sexual violence the cause and the motivation are within the person doing the violating. The cause of rape is not within a specific place or a specific action by someone who becomes a crime victim. This girl wasn't to blame when she was sexually assaulted 2 years before taking this community ed class and she wasn't to blame this time.

From Fox Twin Cities:

According to the charges, the girl told police she took the class because she was sexually assaulted more than two years earlier. She told police the sexual contact with [Ladislao] Enriquez escalated over several months. She reported the incidents to her mother last week.

The charges of first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct against Ladislao Enriquez are a reminder that all the stereotypes about safe people and safe places are just that. Sometimes rapists are in the so-called dangerous places and sometimes rapists run the so-called safe places. Restricting where girls and women can or should go does nothing to solve the problem of sexual violence.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:47 PM   3 comments links to this post

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At December 15, 2008 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the mother of this girl. What I have found through this is that the criminal has many more rights that the victim does. He plead guilty to first-degree sexual assault-a felony. This was very predatory and other victims have come forward. He has to register as a sex offender, however when you do a search for offenders in your area he could live next door to you and you wouldn't know. Our laws are such that only a very few that actually serve FEDERAL PRISION time show up on the sex offender registery. I want every person to know that because you checked for offenders in your neighborhood and didn't find any-it doesn't mean anything! This man could possibly even work in schools again!

 
At December 15, 2008 8:25 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Anonymous, my heart goes out to you and to your daughter.

You make an excellent point about rights. And thank you for highlighting the difference between who has to register and who shows up on the register.

 
At August 16, 2010 9:25 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

To anonymous who made a counter allegation about this case,

As is, your comment cannot be approved.

If you believe you have credible evidence to support your counter allegation then use your legal name and provide enough detail that anyone who reads your allegation can confirm that the details are more than an anonymous rumor.

 

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