'Take Back the Night' Rally Held for Dashad Smith

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Family and friends of a missing Charlottesville man held a rally and march tonight to take a stand against discrimination toward transgender people.
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Jamie

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jan 12, 2013
This was not all about Sage . You need to do research on a topic before you post about it. Jeeze. Tonights march was about a lot more then just the lack of help from the police and the media in the search for Sage. This was a march of empowerment and gender equality, of RESPECT and kindness. This was a march against victim blaming and sexual violence. This was a march in solidarity with the women in India protesting rape. Once again poor reporting on your part. Such a disappointment.
citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jan 12, 2013
Yet another nonevent on the downtown mall.

If he(?) was hitch hiking like Morgan did I wonder if the media will have the integrity to tell us more than the usual five per cent of a crime story?

United we Stand

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jan 12, 2013
I attended this rally and it was a march of empowerment with all respect of gender equality as well as rallying for the return and/or answers about Sage. But it is sad to see so many that rant and rave or what is being done. So my advice to you all that become so opinionated and/or complain. Ask yourself "Well what am I doing to make a difference". Because you venting frustrations but are you really taking a stand for your beliefs and for the sake of these teens that are going missing and no one seems to care. There is not an incident that goes on that someone doesn't see something. But until it happens to you, you will never change your way of thinking.
Rusty

Edinburg, VA

#4 Jan 13, 2013
Ah jeeze, not this crap again......
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jan 13, 2013
Rusty wrote:
Ah jeeze, not this crap again......
Uh, oh. People are spending time and money on something Rusty doesn't deem worthy. If only Dashad had a Mexican-sounding name, maybe you could get excited about it.
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jan 13, 2013
citizen wrote:
Yet another nonevent on the downtown mall.
If he(?) was hitch hiking like Morgan did I wonder if the media will have the integrity to tell us more than the usual five per cent of a crime story?
You're equally clueless.

For today's round of 'blaming the victim' we're going to start out with a hypothetical!
Trash

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jan 13, 2013
What is with the landfill searches? Has some one tipped them off about a disposal of a body there?
Alf

Farmville, VA

#8 Jan 13, 2013
Trash wrote:
What is with the landfill searches? Has some one tipped them off about a disposal of a body there?
Why...? Are you hiding something, TRASH?
Elvis

United States

#12 Jan 13, 2013
Perhaps it's time for the local media to step up to the plate. NBC 29 could air PSA's on tv about the case, not just the news coverage. Same sort of thing for local radio and newspapers. This is all about community and by amping up the message, what does anyone have to lose?
Elvis

United States

#14 Jan 13, 2013
Rusty wrote:
Ah jeeze, not this crap again......
Be grateful this is not your loved one missing. Your empathy for the plight of others leaves much to be desired. You can go back to your cave now.
Alf

Farmville, VA

#15 Jan 13, 2013
Elvis wrote:
Perhaps it's time for the local media to step up to the plate. NBC 29 could air PSA's on tv about the case, not just the news coverage. Same sort of thing for local radio and newspapers. This is all about community and by amping up the message, what does anyone have to lose?
Who is going to pay for all of that?
I Left Cville Socialism

Waynesboro, VA

#16 Jan 13, 2013
*yawn* Without knowing where or why this individual went and took a walk on the wild side, making this "event" about anything other than finding them is premature.

To the family of the missing person, beware. There are others that would steal the spotlight and make it all about their own agenda. Some of them are already posting in this thread.

To those that would make these "events" about anything other than finding a missing person; shame on you. By not concentrating on the one thing this kid's family needs, you're taking from them, not helping them.

Was it a trick gone bad, or was it a kid that wanted to be a girl and tired of mama calling them "son"? Was it robbery? Rape (suprise there rapist, the victim wasn't an "innie!)? Or did the kid just take off to live their life elsewhere?

Hopefully the family will find closure on this in one way or another. Not knowing is worse than anything else.
Elvis

United States

#17 Jan 13, 2013
Alf wrote:
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Who is going to pay for all of that?
As the local media is supported by the local community, it would be something that the local media would want to do Pro Bono, sort of like those blood drives.
Elvis

United States

#18 Jan 13, 2013
I Left Cville Socialism wrote:
*yawn* Without knowing where or why this individual went and took a walk on the wild side, making this "event" about anything other than finding them is premature.
To the family of the missing person, beware. There are others that would steal the spotlight and make it all about their own agenda. Some of them are already posting in this thread.
To those that would make these "events" about anything other than finding a missing person; shame on you. By not concentrating on the one thing this kid's family needs, you're taking from them, not helping them.
Was it a trick gone bad, or was it a kid that wanted to be a girl and tired of mama calling them "son"? Was it robbery? Rape (suprise there rapist, the victim wasn't an "innie!)? Or did the kid just take off to live their life elsewhere?
Hopefully the family will find closure on this in one way or another. Not knowing is worse than anything else.
So we should all just sit on our ass. When has that ever solved anything? You don't work for a living or pay taxes, do you?
Elvis

United States

#19 Jan 13, 2013
Here's a constructive thought: Has anyone contacted Mark Klaas's organization www.pollyklaas.org ? This organization was mentioned recently on Dateline. I'm sure they could offer help if only someone asked. This would make a good news story follow up for NBC 29.
Cold

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jan 13, 2013
Dashad Smith was dealt his fate when he showed up at a train station to meet a man that thought he was a woman. The man found out the truth that he was deceived by a cross dresser. The hard reality is his case has been flushed down the commode by society
and written off.
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Jan 13, 2013
Trash wrote:
What is with the landfill searches? Has some one tipped them off about a disposal of a body there?
Go to The Hook story posted online for details about the case. It is a very thorough story.
nurse22

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Jan 13, 2013
It is indeed sad when one of our own vanishes without a trace! I believe anyone who knows about this case feels great sympathy for the friends and family. The police department has spent many hours looking for the missing person. Let's not turn this into a finger-pointing event.The search continues and hopefully will result in finding the victim alive and well. For those who are stirring up trouble regarding race and sexual orientation as well as badmouthing Charlottesville, please do us all a favor and pack your bags and leave Charlottesville. You are hate mongers and negative about most everything-so please GO!!!Shame on you!!!Kind thoughts for the family!
Fast crack scooter

Mechanicsville, VA

#23 Jan 13, 2013
Cold wrote:
Dashad Smith was dealt his fate when he showed up at a train station to meet a man that thought he was a woman. The man found out the truth that he was deceived by a cross dresser. The hard reality is his case has been flushed down the commode by society
and written off.
YA now where talking , thanks for all the comments ziggers. Worked like a charm. Whats your next slamming of C-ville police. Remember young men , dress up like a girl & go to train station for sex you end up in a land fill at best !
Crack Scooter

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Jan 13, 2013
G Luv wrote:
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You're equally clueless.
For today's round of 'blaming the victim' we're going to start out with a hypothetical!
If you are going to dress up as a female be prepared to render the required woman like services to the maniac that picks you up while you are hitch hiking or looking for goodies on the train.

Like Morgan the blind drunk hitch hiker both put a bullseye on their back and reaped the payoff that vicarious living offers to all stupid people.

The next batch of laughable signs on the downtown mall should say "Stupid People Should Stay Home At Night".

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