A Watershed Moment

The vast majority of women who are raped or sexually assaulted do not report the crime to police, as surveys in light of allegations facing Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh suggests. Tragically, this is so because in many cases because the victims have little confidence that their attacker will ever be brought to justice.

Once recent poll found that 1 out of 6 women have experienced some form of harassment, while 35 percent have been sexually assaulted.

Almost a quarter of victims had been attacked repeatedly, and two-thirds knew the person responsible. And of those who had been raped or sexually assaulted the vast majority fail to ever report it to police.

Nearly a third did not even tell friends or family what had happened.

Indeed some women are put off reporting attacks to the police because of a misconception that less than ten percent of rapes ever lead to convictions.

This, in a nutshell, is why the multiple rape and trafficking cases Backpage is currently facing in numerous courtrooms around the country is so vitally important.

In many respects this may be a watershed moment for the nation. On one side, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Bill Cosby’s accusers, and the growing ranks of ‘Jane Does’ filing suit against the Backpage. On the other side, the privileged and powerful in Hollywood, the establishment boys’s club in the capitol, contemptuous apologists like Tony Ortega who would defend the actions and motivations of his accused ex-employers.

The country waits in hopeful expectation that the victims will be heard and that the guilty (and their cabal of disingenuous supporters) will be brought to a swift and decisive justice.

In closing we quote Tony Ortega’s defense of Backpage:

“We’ve [Backpage.com] spent millions of dollars putting in place strict policies and monitoring services to make sure that it is only adults finding each other through Backpage.com’s adult pages. Not only do we have security specialists making constant searches for keywords that might indicate an underage user, but we’re quick to cooperate with law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when we find suspicious ads.”

And that’s how Ortega lied to the Americans.

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