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Wednesday
Apr102013

Why Genarlow Wilson Supporters Must Held Accountable and Rebuked - Rehtaeh Parsons 

We know that Genarlow Wilson supporters think that it is perfectly permissible, even laudable and award-worthy for teenage boys to have sex with unconscious girls. We continue to disagree with them. 

Much like Genarlow Wilson and his friends, four boys in Canada gang raped  a young girl, video taped it and spread it around school. 

The girl was ostracized, taunted, and bullied. The police refused to prosecute the four boys. Rehtaeh Parson died after attempting suicide. 

 

In 2011 when Rehtaeh was 15, she went with a friend to a small gathering with other teenagers and started drinking vodka.

Parsons said Rehtaeh only remembered bits and pieces of the night, but does remember throwing up out a window.

While one of the guys was allegedly having sex with her another yelled, “Take a picture, take a picture.”

“That picture began to circulate in her school and community three days later,” said Parsons. CBC

And then the her schoolmates and friends turned on her. 

“She was never left alone. Her friends turned against her, people harassed her, boys she didn’t know started texting her and Facebooking asking her to have sex with them since she had had sex with their friends. It just never stopped,” said Parsons. CBC

As I stated on Facebook- you have to assume that a great deal of the bullying and taunting came from other girls. 

Remember Rehtaeh Parsons the next time Zerlina Maxwell, Chandra Thomas Whitfield, Amy Dubois Barnett, Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah Lemieux and Geneva S. Thomas give aid and comfort to Genarlow Wilson and LIE and say he is not a rapist. What he did to LM was illegal and morally reprehensible and you can click your ruby red slippers and wish it wasn't so, but it is. 

Stories like this are why we need to hold  the women who enable, aid and comfort these predators accountable. The facts are eerily similar and they are occurring over and over again. 

And so I will repeat myself because I really can't ask these questions enough:

 

  • Should the Black community and it's institutions have turned Genarlow Wilson into a folk hero?
  • Should they have given him awards?
  • Should they have given him a free college education?
  • Should they have paid for his publicists (yes he has them- they've whined to me)?
  • Should he be rewarded with a book deal?
  • Is a man who rapes an unconscious girl worthy of this kind of status in the Black community?
  • Should advocates of survivors of rape and sexual assault be cheering Genarlow Wilson on via the same twitter account that they pledge solidarity with Jane Doe in the Steubenville case?
  • What kind of message did the Black Elite Establishment send to LM and other girls like her? Do they even care?

 

Rehtaeh's mom created a Facebook Tribute Page.  

 

 

Reader Comments (13)

Sometimes it doesn't seem like this is the year 2013. It's just horrible that women of colour (and women all over the world) are still seen as second-class and, in some cases, not even human.

May this girl rest in peace. And if there's a hell, may everyone who raped her and enabled the rapists burn in it.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

The reason this allowed to happen is because women are content with misogyny and sexism in society. I'm not shocked that most of the taunting came from women, I've seen some of the most vile and horrible things said from women. During that story about the football player who killed the mother of his child, it didn't take long for many females to start blaming the woman for doing something, even though there was no "something", which in their opinion, warranted her to be murdered in a brutal fashion. There was no report of the woman doing anything but the general public assumed the woman had to do something that caused him to murder her. People took his side and felt sorry for him, she on the other hand was just another dead woman let alone black woman.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady A

Welp, the rapping obese sociopath just got dropped.I believe Reebok previously hired the unrepentant drug slanging teenage sexing law breaking fool and the I been shot 50-11 times fool in the past and didn't fire either of them.I bet Reebok knows the trash they rap about.The murdering,kidnapping etc etc. Anywho, score one for the white women and none for the black people that "The Bearded Obese Sociopath" (TM) had previously rapped about murdering.Oh well.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

I thought Wilson was convicted if child molestation for oral sex with a minor. When was he convictd of rape?


blogmother comment _ Folks this is what Wilson supporters do. They LIE in the form of a question- First, he was convicted of child rape. That conviction stands, it was never reversed.Second, he was tried and wrongfully acquitted for running a train with his buddies on an unconscious 17 year old girl. In either case, his actions were scummy, immoral, and not worthy of acclaim or defense. What' else y'all got?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBey

@Lady A

You are right that too many women as well as men tolerate our pro-rape culture instead of challenging it. However, there are brave souls who are bucking this evil status quo.

One is schoolteacher Abby Norman who used a discussion of the Steubenville rape case to destroy myths about this heinous crime. Here is an excerpt:

"I realized then that some of my kids were genuinely confused. 'How can she be raped?' they asked, 'She wasn’t awake to say no.' These words out of a full fledged adult would have made me furious. I did get a good few minutes in response on victim blaming and why it is so terrible. But out of the face of a kid who still has baby fat, those words just made me sick. My students are still young enough, that mostly they just spout what they have learned, and they have learned that absent a no, the yes is implied."

Read the rest at the column 'The Day I Taught How Not to Rape'

http://www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/renews/entry/30/21834

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFred

@Lady A

Here is some more good news.

A rare bright spot in the horror of the Steubenville rape case is college wrestler Sean McGhee. Upon learning of the crime, he was furious and sent a text that very night to rape suspect Trent Mays. McGhee would later testify againt Mays and his co-defendent Ma'lik Richmond, who would later be convicted of the crime.

What's amazing is that McGhee is Richmond's cousin and a good friend of Mays. Yet, McGhee did NOT view family ties, friendship or peer pressure as a good reason to not do the right thing.

In short, McGhee is a paragon of chivalry whether he realizes it or not.

Read more about this brave young man in Kane's column The wrestler who helped bring justice to Steubenville

http://washingtonexaminer.com/gregory-kane-the-wrestler-who-helped-bring-justice-to-steubenville/article/2525175

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFred

It sickens me that Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Potts had to take their own lives in order for the boys who raped them to get arrested or outed. This must end.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

"he was tried and wrongfully acquitted for running a train with his buddies on an unconscious 17 year old girl."

And this is why your Geranlow Wilson arguments and comparison's never hold. Now he was "wrongfully acquitted"

Really?

A jury decided what they saw wasn't rape...AND the point you keep missing is that the Geranlow Wilson case was NEVER about the alleged rape. It was ALWAYS about the time he received for oral sex with the 15 year old. Always.

The outrage was (and you know this) because if he'd had regular sex with her he would have been charged with a misdemeanor and likely would have gotten no time in jail or no more than a year as Georgia has teen sex laws on the books. The rape was never an issue because he was found Not Guilty of that charget.

Those people who saw the video decided it wasn't rape. Whether you think that's right or wrong that is what happened. And his case never centered on that. EVER. It was ALWAYS about what he was convicted of not what he was acquitted of.

Blogmother comment - and this is where your argument falls apart. I have never argued with people about the 7th amendment arguments. Wilson's supporters have made this case about more than the constitutional arguments. They have repeatedly said that his actions that night were normal teenage behavior. We aren't in a courtroom. We are in the court of public opinion and we're talking about whether he should have been heralded as a hero or his actions minimized. There are moral wrongs and legal wrongs. And yes, I'm sticking with wrongfully acquitted- I like it. I'll keep it.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

@JJ
Juries pass down incorrect verdicts all the time (think about the juries that voted to acquit the officers who beat Rodney King and OJ Simpson). Wilson's acquittal, especially in light of recent teenage rape cases, demonstrate the extent of jury bias and how prejudice can impact verdicts. You have to ask yourself, even if that 17 year old went into that hotel room of her own volition, if she was intoxicated to the point she was semi-conscious could she consent to sex with multiple partners. Here's the thing, not even Wilson's attorneys dispute the fact that she was that drunk. In fact, she was so drunk that they called into question whether or not she could validate the tape. Whether the jury decided to acquit because she didn't put up a fight (which would have been difficult if semi-conscious) and/or because they were of the mind that this was her fault because she was drunk, we will never know. What we do know is that what followed was the unprecedented campaign of the "black elite" to effectively scrub the 17 year old from the story and change the narrative to one that presented Wilson as a star athlete wrongly convicted of consensual oral copulation with an underage girl (friend).

The thing that troubles me is that the same "black elites" who erased the 17 year old from the story and forged the redemption myth surrounding Wilson are among the first to speak-out against the Steubenville duo (before they were even acquitted or convicted). This is why it is so important for people like Zerlina Maxwell to explain the evolution of her views. If she believes what she says, then there is no way she could defend Genarlow in any situation.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

JJ Knows that the point of my 6 years of reporting is that they scrubbed the 17 year old girl and what Wilson did to her from the narrative. She knows I'm making a moral and not a legal argument. She KNOWS that the jury likely blamed the girl for her own assault because she was in the presence of Mr. Wilson and his friends. JJ just doesn't care. Her job is to cloud the issue, obfuscate and redirect and she's been doing it for years and she'll keep doing it. She's got to protect the status quo.

April 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

"She's got to protect the status quo."

Oh spare me. I just don't operate in hyperbole and exaggeration.

"Juries pass down incorrect verdicts all the time (think about the juries that voted to acquit the officers who beat Rodney King and OJ Simpson). "

They do. All. The. Time. But once the verdict is done it's done. Wilson is not the first nor will he be the last to get off for something many others feels he should have been convicted of.

I don't like witch hunts, I don't care who is doing them. There are legitimate critiques to be made about the Wilson case. He shouldn't have been given 10 years. He shouldn't have been turned into a poster boy for young men done wrong by the justices system. His behaviour was beyond reprehensible.

But the "moral" argument doesn't hold weight 'cause the case was NEVER about the 17 year old girl. It just wasn't. He was acquitted of that. She wasn't scrubbed from the story. There was no reason to bring her up because he was found not-guilty of that. And I can point you to several other cases of passed out girls where the young men got off scott free. . It seems like those tides may be changing, which is great, but constantly trotting out Gernalow Wilson every time one of these cases comes up is tired and dishonest.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Oh so now I'm a liar? Everything I've ever written about Wilson has been referenced back to source material. I'm not the one who said he violated an unconscious girl repeatedly, that's what the court of appeals said.

"Wilson is not the first nor will he be the last to get off for something many others feels he should have been convicted of." - But he is one of the few who has received awards, scholarships, a book deal and entire articles by major publications.


And JJ if you're tired... stop reading the blog.

April 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

@JJ. I feel as if I'm arguing with a coffee table.

The fact of the matter was by acting as if the 17 year old didn't exist, advocates could create a cause célèbre and argue that GW's punishment was unjust. By not sharing the criminal activity of the other young men in the room, a martyr was created. To this day, many of WIlson's strongest supporters believe that he received that sentence because the 15 year old was a white girl-a lie that Wilson supporters left uncorrected like Bush and Cheney let the lie that Iraq was involved in 9/11 go uncorrected.

Genarlow Wilson isn't being persecuted: he's out of jail and received a free education. We will forever call attention to his case because he continues to be a living example of how at the very least young men don't understand consent. If you are less generous, he is a sociopath who can not accept responsibility for what happened in that hotel room or understand why it was illegal, unethical and immoral. And you know what, he doesn't have to because he has so many people saying what he did wasn't wrong .

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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