Latest Slut demo. Jakarta. The biggest Muslim country in the world. Not the country where you expect to see slogans like: “Don’t Tell Us How to Dress, But Tell Them Not to Rape” and “My Mini Skirt, My Right, Foke You”. About 50 women against strict clothing rules and the right to parade around in mini skirts to show off bare legs. This protest wasn’t a reaction to the Canadian cop, but to Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo’s recent statement blaming women’s clothing for sparking sexual assault. Bowo has apologized but the Alliance of Women Rejecting Rape wanted to take a stance. We have seen several Slutwalks around New Zealand, but almost as much protests promoting the burqa. Two extremes. Which do you support?
Yo, again a mistake from an offender serving a sentence of community work. The aim of course is to get criminals back into the community as quick as possible. Even if that means he gets to stick his dick into a young member of that community. Since everybody deserves a second, third, fourth or even fifth chance we shouldn’t be too hard on him. There is always a chance things go wrong but luckily the Community Probation Service wasn’t at fault this time. CPS manager Heather Mackie told the Waikato Times “The placement of this offender was appropriate given the nature of his offending and his offending history”. In July last year, Logan Pearce (21), was sentenced to 300 hours’ community work at a voluntary organisation in Hamilton for dishonesty offending. At the time he was on bail for an aggravated robbery he was later convicted and jailed for. Pearce came in contact with a shy polite schoolgirl who volunteered at the organisation. He was left unsupervised twice and on the first occasion he began sexually explicit conversation with the girl and started making advances. Second time, again unsupervised, he forced the girl to the ground and raped her. She was probably dressed to provocatively so it really wasn’t his fault. Pearce, the tough cool man he is, denied the crime and said the sex was consensual. Luckily Hamilton District Court Judge Merelina Burnett sentenced Pearce to 7½ years in prison. But like we said before he should get another chance, so he is eligible for parole in 3½ years. His placement was “appropriate given the nature of his offending and his offending history”. That will probably be the case next time too.