Houston Gets Its SlutWalk
Fighting: "She asked for it"
By Mandy Oaklander
Houston woke up to a parade of fishnets, taped nipples and self-proclaimed sluts on a recent morning. Almost 100 allies and victims of sexual assault snaked through Montrose for SlutWalk, dropping jaws and stopping traffic.
SlutWalk was started in Canada, where a police officer advised a group of college women to stop "dressing like sluts" if they didn't want to be raped. But clothes don't cause rape. As one of the signs said, "Rapists cause rape."
Many at the Montrose walk were survivors of rape. One young woman confined to a wheelchair, who didn't wish to use her name, held a sign that read, "I was a child. My PJs weren't sexy." She said she was raped six years ago and got HIV as a result. Through complications, she also developed cancer. "Life just sucks now," she said.
Darla Lathan, a trans woman, said she hopes people understand that rape is a crime of violence and not sex. "I was sexually assaulted by a bully in preschool and grade school, so I fought back," Lathan said. "I've been fighting back ever since."
Black-corseted and cat-eared Diane Schluter said that a culture of victim-blaming hurts women, but it's also insulting to men. "It says that men have no self-control whatsoever," she said. " 'Oh my God, I saw a boobie, I must fuck her!' Hell, there are a lot of times I wish I could've compelled a guy to think like that," she laughed. "But that would be just as wrong."
Women aren't the only ones who get raped. Men-sluts were well represented, chafing in leather and chains down Westheimer. A chorus of "Hey, hey, ho, ho! Yes means yes and no means no!" blasted through a megaphone. James Ozarth, shirtless with black Xs taped to his nipples, marched to stop victim-blaming. "As far as someone's dressed, that doesn't give anyone the right to consent," he said.
And for one morning-after in Houston, whispers of "She was asking for it" were drowned out by shouts of "No means no."
Detention-Center Guard Broke Immigrant's Skull
By Richard Connelly
A former officer at the Port Isabel Detention Center kicked a detainee in the face, breaking a bone in his skull, and then lied to investigators, federal prosecutors have alleged.
Raul Leal, 31, was arrested without incident in his current home of Georgia, and faces ten years for the civil rights violation and 20 for obstruction of justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston said.
An indictment says that on June 14, 2009, Leal, who was a lieutenant at PIDC, "allegedly assaulted an immigrant detainee by kicking him in the face, resulting in a fracture of the detainee's orbital bone."
He lied about it in reports filed and then — the coup de grace, which he obviously had plenty of time to come up with — he told investigators in September 2009, "The detainee had sustained the facial fracture when the detainee's face inadvertently struck his knee."
Those damn clumsy detainees, always stumbling face-first into people's knees with enough force to fracture skulls.
The PIDC holds detainees from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but is a privately operated facility.
There have been periodic complaints about abuse and conditions there, including hunger strikes.
Leal is free on bond and will be tried in Brownsville, the USAO says.
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