rblackraven wrote:The Pershing County Sheriff's office has been less forthcoming and we are still waiting for a copy of the formal report.
Candybox wrote:I am so sorry this happened to your daughter. I am horrified that BRC doesn't see fit to have rape kits, despite being crawling with LEOs and having a clinic sophisticated enough to have an X-ray machine.
How can we help get rape kit on the playa? Where does one even get a rape kit?
mayorofwantit wrote:My name is Jason. This is not my playa name, but my REAL name - as this is a very REAL situation at hand. I am the head steward (or "mayor") of Want It. I was just made aware of this thread by fellow camp mates. Myself, along with a few other core planners in camp, were apprised of the situation on Sunday, 9/2 when we were approached by rangers to discuss what happened. We were stunned to hear of what happened and we cooperated with the rangers as much as we could. We even agreed to give the rangers access to search individual personal spaces within camp to see if they could locate any of the victim's missing personal belongings. None of the girl's items were recovered during their brief search. However, the rangers told us they would be back later that day, or the following day, to further discuss. We never heard from the rangers again. We have since been trying to piece together information and facts from that night with the intention of approaching the lead investigating ranger (whose information we have). Till now, we had no idea whether our camp was still implicated in, or associated with, this case. We also were never given any indication of the victim's identity or where she was camped... until this ePLaya thread.
This was my 13th year at Burning Man and my 10th year with Want It. Want It has always striven to provide a safe camp for both our own camp mates as well as for our guests. Please know that we are taking this matter VERY seriously and that we will do whatever we can to help the authorities, the victim, and the victim's friend's and family. We also ask that the community please withhold any judgements against our camp, performers or guests until all the facts have been made clear. Such accusations have the ability to destroy the reputations of those who have nothing but the purest and best of intentions. We ask that if anyone in the community has any information that may help us, then please contact us or the victim's family/friends immediately.
Bravo. If people aren't willing to follow through on prosecution, at least maybe the creeps will be prevented from going back and hurting more people in our community. They can just go on to hurt people in their own community, and someone there might be willing to press charges. So, hopefully, "only" two or three more rapes before justice is served.
elKay wrote:Can you imagine any young traumatized woman wanting to drive with the police for a few hours to Reno for an uncomfortable and humiliating procedure that takes several more hours without an understanding officer who encouraged her to, and promised to at least bring her back home when it was over?
Dr Tootay wrote:As a long time advocate (over 20 years) for IPV and rape, there are so many pieces here that are so disturbing. I'm so sorry your daughter was raped, it wasn't her fault and she doesn't deserve it. As for rape kits on the playa, that would be impossible as a rape kit is for collecting forensic evidence, it requires a certain protocol and training and there needs to be a strict chain of evidence to ensure it is not tampered with. All of the above would be extremly difficult to master on the playa. I did some shadowing last year with ESD to be a volunteer although was unable to come this year. I believe there are efforts through ESD volunteers that can accompany victims to Reno for the rape kit exam and who would then be able to bring the person back to the playa when it was completed. Perhaps more education is needed by ESD to make sure victims are aware of their options and choices so they can make informed decisions. And there are trained rape crisis counselors with ESD.
And while it is very sad that these behaviors are perpetrated on the playa, it is unfortunately a mcirocosm of the defaulf world which will include a certain number of rapists. And there could even be a higher percentage on the playa as it would be very easy for someone to manipulate the environment in order to prey on women, to use the ethos of "freedom" on the playa to coerce women into sexual encounters they really don't want, and make it difficult for some women to come forward. As already noted, rape is the most underreported crime for a whole variety of reasons.
I hope you do at least contact the theme camp and inform them of what occurred so they can remove those elements from their camp. Please encourage your daughter to contact a rape crisis center in her community where she can get help. With metta
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