Sunday, August 11, 2013

MI - Detroit community beats ALLEGED rapist of 15 yr. old after slow police response

Vigilante Angel Garza
Angel Garza
Original Article

Just because someone is accused of a crime doesn't make it true. Everybody who was involved in beating this person should be arrested for assault! One of the men involved in harassing this person is Angel Garza. He claims to be "blessed" by God and a Christian but then goes on to talk about hoes, niggas, and drugs on his Facebook page and profile. Here is a recent article of his interview on the case. He also says he did help in beating this man, in this Facebook group.


By Julie Banovic

DETROIT - Community members in one Detroit neighborhood took matters into their own hands and beat an accused rapist of a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome after they say Detroit Police failed to respond.

Friday marked the 23rd day without an arrest after the 15-year-old victim said a man grabbed her while she was walking to work, took her to his apartment and raped her in early July.

The suspect lives in the same neighborhood as the victim. Members of the Hubbard Farms community say the man has mental health issues. They posted his face on flyers around the neighborhood to warn others.

Angel smoking Marijuana?
Angel smoking Marijuana?
Family friend of the victim Megan Herres says the teen waited for seven hours at the hospital for Detroit Police to administer a rape kit. She reportedly waited five days before police interviewed her about the sexual assault and 21 days until Detroit Police sent the rape kit to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

That’s just not acceptable,” said Herres. “DPD, we want to see an effort toward sexual assaults of minors,” she continued “It’s not good to live in a community where people don’t feel safe."

Other community members were equally outraged at what they believed was a lack of response by Detroit Police and on Monday took matters into their own hands. The community beat the accused rapist with a baseball bat so badly he needed to go to the hospital.

Herres said vigilante justice is not the answer, but frustrations grew and boiled over.

There was a lot of community response in asking the police for their assistance in apprehending the perpetrator and it wasn’t happening in a timely manner,” said Herres.

Angel bragging about the beating
Angel bragging about the beating
When officials were asked why the investigation was taking so long, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said they have asked Detroit Police for more evidence and are waiting to determine if charges will be brought.

Detroit Police say the prosecutor’s office is waiting on DNA. The MSP crime lab does have the rape kit and are expediting it. When we told Detroit Police we wanted a reason for the delay, a police representative said, "We are looking into this."

The condition of the accused rapist is unknown at this time. Community members say his family checked him into a facility of some sort.

Herres says the teen victim is doing the best she can and she has her family and an entire community rallying behind her.

Study: At Least 100,000 Children Being Used in U.S. Sex Trade

Statistics - Anybody can make them up!
Original Article

America loves magical Goldilock numbers (Not to large, not to small). If you keep an eye out for statistics, you will see these magical numbers everywhere. (1 in 5, 50,000, 100,000) We have no doubt adults and children are being sexually trafficked, but we see these magical numbers all the time.



Sexual trafficking is largely seen as something that happens abroad, but the underground sex trade is very much alive in the United States – especially for minors, according to a new report from the National Colloquium on Shelter and Services for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims.

Human trafficking is a $9.8 billion domestic industry, with at least 100,000 children being used as prostitutes in America each year, according to the report (PDF) from Shared Hope International, an organization working to eradicate sex trading. Shared Hope presented its findings in a congressional briefing Monday attended by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., co-chairs of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking (Video) and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Victims' Rights.

To help minors recover from the trauma experienced through sex trafficking, Shared Hope International recommended specialized treatment for each victim and coordination between victim service providers.

A uniform method of treatment is not applicable to every victim, according to the report, and the required treatment environment should change to the extent the survivor embraces the healing process.

Panelist Dale Alton, Executive Director of Georgia Care Connection Office, experienced this first-hand working with survivors of child sex trafficking.

"Every child's need is different," she said.

Also advocating for a variety of treatments was Wilthelma Tiora Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, Human Rights Project for Girls board member and sex trafficking victim. Pettigrew says with multiple therapy options, survivors must learn empowerment on multiple levels.

Acknowledging accomplishments is also key, Pettigrew said. Small victories, like passing a test or deciding to visit a doctor, should be celebrated. For Pettigrew, she felt she achieved success was when she stayed in a treatment facility for more than two days without fleeing.

"When we talk about empowerment, we need to talk about the small accomplishments," Pettigrew said.

Every aspect of a child's life is controlled when they are in the sex trade, so exercising autonomy is critical to recovery.

Another survivor advocate, Marq Taylor, discussed the lack of services for male victims.

In its survey, Shared Hope International found that of the 43 organizations that responded, none provide specialized services exclusively for male victims.

Males won't talk about their abuse, Taylor said, so specialized, gender-specific treatment is important.

Transgender youth are also under provided for, according to the report. The survey results did not reveal exactly how many programs offer residential services for males and transgender youth.

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