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This country makes me sick. Are you “proud to be an American”? And don’t think that this is just a problem of the South. Just look at the police in New York and Chicago, or the case of DSK, all of whom got away with rape thanks to a judicial system that treats women like shit.

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Nicole Colson reports on a lawsuit alleging that a Missouri school district not only ignored a young girl’s claims of rape, but punished her for coming forward.

IN ONE of the more stomach-turning cases in recent memory, a Missouri school is the subject of a federal lawsuit over allegations that it not only disregarded a middle school student’s claim of rape, but made her write an apology to her attacker—who later went on to rape her again on school grounds.

… Adding insult to injury, the school district’s response to the lawsuit has been to literally blame the victim for her rape, saying that the girl failed to use “reasonable means” to protect herself. Any damages the girl may have sustained, according to the school district’s response, “were as a result of the negligence, carelessness or conduct of third parties over whom the District Defendants had neither control nor the right to control.”

The school district is countersuing the girl’s family for attorney’s fees and court costs.

THANKFULLY, NOT everyone is so willing to sweep sexual assault under the rug or blame the victim. On August 22, parents and community members packed a Republic School Board meeting to voice their outrage.

Some 50 protesters crammed the meeting hold signs that read “Ban rape, not books”—a reference to both the lawsuit and a recent school board decision to ban Slaughterhouse Five and another book from the district.

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