Serial Rapist on the playa

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Re: Serial Rapist on the playa

Postby scott_k » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:41 pm

Will Pershing County's legal team point to this incident as a reason for which they need to raise their fees from $180,000 in 2012 to $400,000 in 2013?
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Re: Serial Rapist on the playa

Postby ESDchief » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:08 pm

scucurullo wrote:...we need a 24 hour rape crisis counsellor. A rape crisis counsellor is experienced at supporting victims - who are often in shock - and capable of helping her - or him - ...In addition, we need Ranger training to support their ability to follow up with camps - not just on doing proper searches etc. - but also to engage essential and healthy conversations within camps impacted by sexual assault and rape - whether their campmate was a victim or a perpatrator.


Just so you know, there are already several layers of support available. The Emergency Services Department (ESD) Mental Health Branch already includes sexual assault specialists who are available 24 hours a day during the event. The same team has the responsibility to support the victim, but also following up with camp members, as you suggest. In addition, the Black Rock Ranger Green Dots (peer counselors), also provide great support to camps in addition to the ranks of Ranger volunteers out there helping keep our fair city safe. Lastly, the amazing community members behind the The Bureau of Erotic Discourse (BED) are involved with grass roots community education and proactive work.

More information about ESD can be found here: http://911.burningman.com
More information about BED can be found here: http://www.bureauoferoticdiscourse.org
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Re: Serial Rapist on the playa

Postby trilobyte » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:58 am

Thanks for the additional information, as well as all your posts (and everything your teams do), Joseph.

On that note, I'm going to remove some of the vigilante drift and close this thread up. ESDChief has addressed the concerns raised by the original poster, and posted links to places for additional information or to contact his department for specific follow-up on this or related issues.
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Re: Serial Rapist on the playa

Postby trilobyte » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:40 am

A final update on this thread… In the wake of a recent thread on sexual assault, as well as a few articles (such as this one or this one), Megan Miller has written a blog post discussing Sexual Assault in Black Rock City and Burning Man's procedures in these cases.
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