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Earlier this year, a woman was raped on the campus of Los Angeles Community College (LACC). Shortly after the rape, the campus sheriff in charge of investigating the rape, Detective Spelatz, told a group of students that “‘70-80% of rape reports are illegitimate’ and that most women who report rape have a ‘morning after slight’. He also said reports were from women who drank too much and regretted what they did the night before.”
Protesting students then went to the sheriff’s office to file a complaint, but the administrators tried to divert them. Two students refused to leave until they were allowed to file complaints.
You’d think that the school and campus police would be interested to know that their rape investigator doesn’t believe the reports of rape that he is supposed to investigate. But you’d be wrong.
Those two students and one other have now been suspended from LACC and all other community colleges in the district till April 2007.
You can contact the president of LACC, Steve Maradian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. I’m told his phone number is 323-953-4000 ext 2240.
According to reports from LA Indymedia, the students’ suspension has now been postponed until “an independent investigation was completed”. However, the student organization which began the protest, Students for Educational Reform (SER) is still calling for the removal of Detective Spelatz. SER also plans to attend the LACC District meeting this Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30pm, at 770 Wilshire Blvd. I don’t think SER would mind some company, for those of you reading in LA.
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