Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
Focus on the totality of the problem

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

There may be a poster or two hanging around town, but most folks would kinda rather not talk about sexual assault.

There are some who do talk about sexual assault… but not enough.

When an undocumented alien from Mexico was charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl, it made the news all over the place.

When another man from Guatamala was charged with sexual assault, the crime was trumpeted from the rooftops.

Both these crimes were horrible and heinous, but focusing on the fact they were carried out by “illegals” not only politicizes the crime, but diminishes from the true scope of what is taking place around this nation. It isn’t only about two, three or four incidents. Sexual assault involves hundreds of thousands of victims annually.

Recently, President Donald Trump ordered the creation of an office within the Department of Homeland Security whose purpose is to work with victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens.

“We must support the victims of crime,” said President Trump. “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims. The office is called VOICE – Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. ”

Many will agree victims of crime need much more support than ‘the system’ currently provides. President Trump notes the new office will “serve American victims.” But then he says his new support unit is called VOICE – Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement – and is specific to victims of immigrant crime.

Really!!??!!

What about the others?

The easiest thing in the world is to focus on a handful of crimes committed by undocumented aliens. It helps achieve a certain goal – the dehumanizing of a HUGE group of people.

But what about the 312,500 Americans 12 years old or older who were sexually assaulted or raped and not by undocumented aliens but rather by the guy down the street, in the office, at the park, in the playground, outside the bar, on the walkway, while jogging, by the mom’s ‘boyfriend’, or by Uncle Louie? What about them?

What about the 60,000 children who were victims of “substantiated or indicated” sexual assault?

What about the 18,900 military service personnel who suffered unwanted sexual contact in one year – and not by undocumented aliens?

What about the fact that according to the Department of Justice an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds?

What do folks say when faced with the fact that 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime?

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are sexually victimized every year, but the government sets up an entire new department to deal with and focus on a handful of crimes committed by undocumented aliens.

What about all of them – ALL the victims?

Why focus on some – to shore up a weak political agenda?

We need to be fully and wholly aware of the fact sexual assault is a growing scourge and needs to be dealt with at every level.

Focusing on one portion of the problem; concentrating efforts on getting the “bad hombres” from across the border diminishes and detracts from the wider effort to deal with sexual assault decisively and responsibly.

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Posted by Jim Crees

Jim is the editor in chief of the Pioneer, Herald Review and Lake County Star. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8360 or by e-mail at jcrees@pioneergroup.com.

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