UVA Woman Who Reported Rape Wants Change

A woman who reported being raped while a student at the University of Virginia is asking state lawmakers to give victims more legal options. Full Story
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Bambay Lans Kamara

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Feb 5, 2011
I totally sympathize with the victims. I came to Charlottesville in 1991. Since then I have heard Charlottesville news media report on rape cases. In 1998, I joined a group of males and females match from Down Town Pavilion to the Rotunda, if that is what she is called, to show support for the victims.
I was in Maryland in 2008, turning on the Fox News Cable Channel when I saw the Charlottesville Chief of Police being interviewed about rape victims. Yes, it is an epidemic and it has to be solved. All the issues that cable channels interview people on, the only thing Charlottesville has to report to the world is a serial rapist that has been on the loose for over twenty-years, then it must have been an issue of concern.
I do believe that one can show his or her importance by bullying another person, enjoying from their sufferings or putting them down just to feel good about oneself. This are some of the reasons people victimize others as is done in these rapes. The Police cannot eradicate it. The only way to eradicate it is by teaching self-esteem to allow the victimizers to know and believe in something good about themselves and others.
According to Sharon Supriya, "In the United States, a woman is sexually assaulted or raped every six minutes . 85% of victims know their attacker and 84% of rapes will go unreported."
The following are some of the reasons given for rape:

“To get rid of frustration
Research states that some men do not ejaculate during rape. This proves that whatever is driving this section of men to rape is more than the sexual drive. In one of the interview by the rapists, they say that, "We rape women who need to be disciplined. They do not want to talk to most people. They think they know better than most of us ". Here the rapists were using sexual assault to punish women who were not being genuinely feminine in their thoughts and work. They vent out their anger and frustration on a situation. However one can neither identify sexual drive nor the act of procreating. Men rape because they believe they have the right to control and to punish women who do not obey their rules of behavior.

Right to control
Rape is about power, not sex. A rapist uses actual force or violence or the threat of it to take control over another human being. Some reports state that rapists use drugs to descend a person's ability to fight back. It has become an expression of unequal power relations between men and women. Such unequal power relations are not the result of nature or evolution but societies. Society has always drawn a margin to the women community, if they seem crossing it they are subject to grand victimization.

Biological reasons
Biologically men rape because they are flooded with hormones, and are overwhelmed with sexual desire. These rapists are typically teenagers who engage in acquaintance rape or date rape Whatever may be the reason the prime concern of an individual is, can I change these facts as a historical report and recreate a better place to live in safe Rape takes place only when men learn to rape, and it can be eradicated simply by substituting new lessons. Enhance the essence of equal responsibilities, love relationships and the sense of being loved and to love. Understand him, to evolve him into a finer being.”
From my observations and experiences in Charlottesville, the community needs to do a lot to upgrade the self-esteem of members of the community and increase their knowledge base to address most of the crimes that go on in the township and the degradation of people they feel are weak or the faking that goes on.
I hope the legislators find a lasting solution and address the victims concerns. Ignorance is a disease. We live in a Capitalistic Democracy, where work is what makes a man and knowledge, hard work, dedication and adherence to the law is what determines an individual’s status, especially after 1963. I have never seen someone proud to be ignorant.
citizen

United States

#2 Feb 5, 2011
Real change means putting video camera systems around the dorms and sorority houses---anything else is just the usual batmouthing and empty words.

Solve the problem instead of endlessly addressing it---for a change.

UVA gets multimillion dollar endowments so I know that cost is no object here.

UVA students are the real economic engine in this burg and they need to prod their parents into getting the UVA administration to do what should have been done many years ago.
Fred

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 5, 2011
Give her what she wants. She suffered enough in the past.
Townie

Mcgaheysville, VA

#4 Feb 5, 2011
You're so right Citizen...those cameras at JPJ really helped Morgan Harrington. Get over the camera thing, you're the only person on the planet that thinks a camera can save you from violent crime.
UVa cops have the same training that Charlottesville and Albemarle cops have. If the rape statistics listed are true, UVa cops have more experience at investigating rapes than the others as well.
Something about this sounds fishy. If there were evidence of rape then the case would have been taken to court. Most of the time evidence in a rape is collected by hospital staff and not the police anyway.
Anonymous

United States

#5 Feb 5, 2011
This is a very serious matter to look into because when you have a large number of assualt and rape cases this no time to play politices.The police need to look into this matter very hard.And dont let money, time and not my place to look into this case play a part tnto it.
Vivi2

Warrenton, VA

#7 Feb 5, 2011
Townie wrote:
UVa cops have the same training that Charlottesville and Albemarle cops have. If the rape statistics listed are true, UVa cops have more experience at investigating rapes than the others as well.
You are correct, Townie- the University Police are sworn officers with the same training and capabilities as the City and County police. However, their boss reports to the University leadership, and their goal is not the same as the City's or the County's. Yes, in the general sense, they have the same desire to keep crime rates down and to catch criminals, but there have been certain types of cases (and sexual assault is one of them) that they would actually prefer to keep quiet, even if it means that the crime will go unpunished. Sad, but true.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#8 Feb 5, 2011
Vivi2 wrote:
<quoted text>
You are correct, Townie- the University Police are sworn officers with the same training and capabilities as the City and County police. However, their boss reports to the University leadership, and their goal is not the same as the City's or the County's. Yes, in the general sense, they have the same desire to keep crime rates down and to catch criminals, but there have been certain types of cases (and sexual assault is one of them) that they would actually prefer to keep quiet, even if it means that the crime will go unpunished. Sad, but true.
Very well said...sad, but true is correct, and this is true at colleges across the country, not just UVA.
citizen

United States

#9 Feb 6, 2011
Townie wrote:
You're so right Citizen...those cameras at JPJ really helped Morgan Harrington. Get over the camera thing, you're the only person on the planet that thinks a camera can save you from violent crime.
UVa cops have the same training that Charlottesville and Albemarle cops have. If the rape statistics listed are true, UVa cops have more experience at investigating rapes than the others as well.
Something about this sounds fishy. If there were evidence of rape then the case would have been taken to court. Most of the time evidence in a rape is collected by hospital staff and not the police anyway.
The cameras at JPJ are few and very very far between. No doubt in my mind that a camera system covering the parking lots around JPJ would have recorded the car that Harrington got into. Cameras have caught more than their share of criminals as evidenced by recent articles in local media, to include everything from bank robbers, to convenience store robbers and assaults. Perhaps UVA doesn't like the idea of a REAL camera security system since it might record more drug deals than would be helpful to say, the image of the school or Charlottesville, but then again, I put saving lives ahead of IMAGE so I have a different priority.
citizen

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2011
Talk to retired cops in this area and you will quickly learn that damage control is the agenda of UVA when it comes to crime being reported.

Ambulance personnel, taxi drivers, retired cops (who can afford a bit more candor than the guys still sweating their jobs and pensions)know the score when it comes to serious crimes that happen on UVA property. The guys who deliver pizzas tend to have knowledge about UVA crime as well.

The media gives us the piece that made it through multiple layers of censorship.
edd

United States

#11 Feb 6, 2011
Townie wrote:
You're so right Citizen...those cameras at JPJ really helped Morgan Harrington. Get over the camera thing, you're the only person on the planet that thinks a camera can save you from violent crime.
UVa cops have the same training that Charlottesville and Albemarle cops have. If the rape statistics listed are true, UVa cops have more experience at investigating rapes than the others as well.
Something about this sounds fishy. If there were evidence of rape then the case would have been taken to court. Most of the time evidence in a rape is collected by hospital staff and not the police anyway.
Are you serious?

Cameras deter crime and this is why millions of businesses have invested in them!

You are joking, right??
Hovee

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Feb 6, 2011
This "rape" may not be what is claimed, but we'll never know without the details.

2004 was the year the successor to the Dear Abby column said that anytime a woman had morning after regrets after having consensual sex, that changed it to rape and she was entitled to press charges.

She never posted a disclaimer to that moronic column.
Virginia Student

Washington, DC

#13 Feb 6, 2011
Hovee wrote:
This "rape" may not be what is claimed, but we'll never know without the details.
2004 was the year the successor to the Dear Abby column said that anytime a woman had morning after regrets after having consensual sex, that changed it to rape and she was entitled to press charges.
She never posted a disclaimer to that moronic column.
The student was raped. I knew her. The attacker locked the door to her room and held her down on the bed after he was brought to her home by someone else who left him there to do this. She struggled with him and told him he was hurting her and was saying stop numerous times. Her attacker even told the school that she said to him that she was hurting, but his defense was that she was "not used to sexual intercourse" and that she was just "complimenting the large size of his penis". The Commonwealth's Attorney told the victim that those statements didn't prove it was non-consensual, in fact he stated "sometimes when I have sex with my wife, it hurts, but we just change positions". There were police officers present when he said this to the victim. Additionally, he said he could "not prosecute a young man for being opportunistic". Everyone needs to know that rape, and especially this case, is not about sex & regret or miscommunication. That is a complete misunderstanding of rape--it has nothing to do with sex--it is about power.

He was investigated for a second rape within months. There is more evidence that he is guilty than I can put in this comment. There are/were serial rapists at UVA getting a free pass year after year. Citizens should mobilize and request that their delegates enforce the ability of local police to be a part of the investigation, since UVA is more interested in taking the rapist's stance that its just a small misunderstanding. This is a systemic rail-roading of victims from the police station through the deans all the way to the Commonwealth's Attorney to preserve image. 58 rapes were reported at UVA in 2004, 5 women had the courage to go the university police, 0 men were arrested--zero! The man who raped my friend was found guilty of sexual assault by the school sexual assault board, he wasn't even suspended for a single day. However, that year there were 38 expulsions for cheating.

Please write to your delegate--this is issue is important for all women and men on campuses in our state.
Another friend

Newport News, VA

#14 Feb 7, 2011
The UVA Administration has spent thousands of dollars covering up this crime. in addition to the manhours and dollars spent on "investigating", dealing with the parents, putting the man through 3 Sexual Assault Boards (for the rapes of 2 women) and 3 Appeals boards, they have had to spend money on a team of lawyers to fight 2 complaints and subsequent appeals with the Dept of Education for violating the Clery Act and Title IX. Perhaps they should have spent an equal amount of money improving their campus Sexual Assault programs!

Sadly, this case is not unique. UVA covers up every rape and sexual assault crime that occurs on their campus. But they didn't know the emotional fortitude of this young woman. She was not going to be run over by the UVA machine. She has never changed her story, she has never wavered in her description of that night. The young man was allowed to change his statement 5 times! The cops let this one slip through the cracks and I'll bet now they wish they did not. The UVA Police Chief lied on camera when he said the case was looked at 3 times. It was not. The same sham of a police report was reviewed in 2008 and 2010 by the UVA police -- no new investigation was held. No one the young woman was with that evening or in the hours and days following the rape was interviewed by the UVA cops. The cop talked with the rapist and since he said he didn't do it, she said there was no case. She did NO real investigation. Her police report was shoddy, without detail, and had even the basic facts of the case incorrect. It's my belief she was probably paid off by the young man's family to make this case go away. If the Charlottesville cops were able to investigate this case, they may turn up a lot more than just a rape crime.
You Need to Pay for This

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#17 Apr 2, 2012
In 1999, I was assaulted in attempted murder attempt by a UVA Professor, while being a UVA student. The assault occurred to silence me as I was supposed to testify at University trial against him (regarding his misconduct). This professors had 13 sexual harassment complaints filed against him before. The University, in attempt to cover things up, THREATENED ME, yes openly threatened me. Suppressed a newspaper article about this incident. UVA police had fabricated charges against me ("verbal threat"), banned me from campus permanently (while I had thousands in tuition paid that I never got refunded), treated me like an animal overall, while I was severely injured and almost died. I was subjected to verbal threats of death, right outside on university grounds. That while I was a young female student-versus their male professor who attempted to murder me by dealing blow to my head. I was silenced. I assure you UVA POLICE WORKS TOGETHER WITH CITY POLICE, IT'S A ONE COVER UP SYSTEM, AS I WITNESSED THREATS AND MISCONDUCT FROM BOTH UVA AND CITY POLICE, THEY ACT AS ONE SYSTEM. Also, when I tried to file a lawsuit, I was told that I'd have to get a non-VA lawyer, as VA lawyers would not go against UVA, as many of them have attended their law school and have other ties to it/conflict of interest. Someone needs to put an end to this nest of evil, UVA. All the same, well known names, Dean Rue, UVA Police chief, you know these names if you google about UVA covering up assaults and their own.
You Need to Pay for This

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#18 Apr 2, 2012
PS: I'm sorry for grammar errors but I'm very upset reading that these diabolic people continue to hurt people, destroy lives and silence the victims. They need to go off the face of Earth.
You Need to Pay for This

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#19 Apr 2, 2012
Another friend wrote:
The UVA Administration has spent thousands of dollars covering up this crime. in addition to the manhours and dollars spent on "investigating", dealing with the parents, putting the man through 3 Sexual Assault Boards (for the rapes of 2 women) and 3 Appeals boards, they have had to spend money on a team of lawyers to fight 2 complaints and subsequent appeals with the Dept of Education for violating the Clery Act and Title IX. Perhaps they should have spent an equal amount of money improving their campus Sexual Assault programs!
Sadly, this case is not unique. UVA covers up every rape and sexual assault crime that occurs on their campus. But they didn't know the emotional fortitude of this young woman. She was not going to be run over by the UVA machine. She has never changed her story, she has never wavered in her description of that night. The young man was allowed to change his statement 5 times! The cops let this one slip through the cracks and I'll bet now they wish they did not. The UVA Police Chief lied on camera when he said the case was looked at 3 times. It was not. The same sham of a police report was reviewed in 2008 and 2010 by the UVA police -- no new investigation was held. No one the young woman was with that evening or in the hours and days following the rape was interviewed by the UVA cops. The cop talked with the rapist and since he said he didn't do it, she said there was no case. She did NO real investigation. Her police report was shoddy, without detail, and had even the basic facts of the case incorrect. It's my belief she was probably paid off by the young man's family to make this case go away. If the Charlottesville cops were able to investigate this case, they may turn up a lot more than just a rape crime.
Please, do not have illusions about "Charlottesville cops". They're as corrupt as UVA police and they're puppets of UVA. I had witnessed this. This is one system, really, trust me, as University exerts much control over the city and many in the city completely depend on University with their livelihood. Charlottesville is a little Medieval town, with Medieval, barbaric ways and corruption.
Thanks for clueless Libs

Charlottesville, VA

#20 May 23, 2012
You dress like you are asking for it, and you deserve the consequences!
Hoytie Doytie

New York, NY

#21 May 24, 2012
Vivi2 wrote:
<quoted text>
You are correct, Townie- the University Police are sworn officers with the same training and capabilities as the City and County police. However, their boss reports to the University leadership, and their goal is not the same as the City's or the County's. Yes, in the general sense, they have the same desire to keep crime rates down and to catch criminals, but there have been certain types of cases (and sexual assault is one of them) that they would actually prefer to keep quiet, even if it means that the crime will go unpunished. Sad, but true.
They keep it quiet, so that UVA isn't given a bad name & that way students will want to go to UVA because of the low crime rate.
Genttrip

Provo, UT

#23 Oct 28, 2012
Thanks for clueless Libs wrote:
You dress like you are asking for it, and you deserve the consequences!
Do you really think that all men are simply sex-driven machines that they cannot control themselves if a girl is wearing provocative and revealing clothes? Do your really think that we don't have self-control? Men and women should respect each other's right to not participate if they don't want to. Period. It doesn't matter if she's flirting a lot and wearing skimpy clothing, if she says she doesn't want to have sex, NO ONE should make her. And just because a woman is wearing revealing clothes does not mean she deserves to get raped. Don't ever say that again. Women should be allowed to dress however they want and not be afraid of getting attacked.
CVILLE RIGHTS

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Oct 30, 2012
You Need to Pay for This wrote:
<quoted text>
Please, do not have illusions about "Charlottesville cops". They're as corrupt as UVA police and they're puppets of UVA. I had witnessed this. This is one system, really, trust me, as University exerts much control over the city and many in the city completely depend on University with their livelihood. Charlottesville is a little Medieval town, with Medieval, barbaric ways and corruption.
I absolutely agree with this post. If one looks very carefully at all the different levels of law enforcement, CA, judiciary they are connected to UVA, UVA Law, directly or indirectly such as being alumni, or through spouses, or children, lecturing, employment etc. None of it is at arms length and it's very incestuous and insidious. There are even the favored defense attorneys. That's why they don't fear any retribution or law suits. UVA owns Charlottesville.

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