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Here via my friend Jeff McClure, who tweeted this link. I'm so sorry to hear about this, and I really hope you're doing better now. I also want to say that I think it's great you were able to report this to the police. I wasn't going to comment until I saw other comments - I'm really sideeying the hell out of people who are giving you advice on how to avoid assault in the future and while they're not doing it intentionally, praising you for being brave enough to report it to the police has the side effect of implying that women who don't report assault to the police are cowards. Commenters, women should not have to do ANYTHING to avoid getting assaulted. Brittney shouldn't have to change her routine, she shouldn't have to avoid MUNI, she should be able to do whatever the fuck she wants without fear. When you suggest she needs to do something else to avoid assault, you shift the blame onto her. Second, women often have perfectly good reasons for not reporting their assaults. If you can do it, that's really great, it probably won't result in an arrest but it improves the accuracy of assault statistics. But if you can't do it for any reason, that's okay too. Women reporting assaults are often humiliated and shamed by police officers - is there any wonder a woman who's already been hurt might not want to be further victimized by the legal system? Brittney, sorry for ranting all over your comments section. Like pretty much all women I know, I've been there. Best of luck to you. Take care of yourself.
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Sep 12, 2012