PFLAG meeting in Collingswood -- sent...

PFLAG meeting in Collingswood -- sentencing of Dharun Ravi

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Janet Mason

Philadelphia, PA

#1 May 22, 2012
Last night I read from my book Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters (Bella Books) and conducted a writing workshop with the members of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) at the Collingswood Library in Collingswood N.J.

PFLAG members are standing on the front lines of love and acceptance and this is very important --as we can see from the headlines.

The anti-gay hate crime/bullying case of the Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi had just been decided and when I first arrived there was talk about the sentencing of Dharun Ravi (who video taped on his roommate having sex with another man and then posted the video to the Internet). Ravi received a 30 day jail sentence. He also received a three year probationary period and he was ordered to pay a $10,000 finde toward a program to help victims of hate crimes. The last part of the sentence, seems to me to be an implication
of guilt. It seems to me that Ravi received a slap on the wrist for this high profile hate crime, which his attorney called a “bias” crime.

What do you think?

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