Soldier rape investigation in Milan moves forward

Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday interviewed the U.S. Army Reserve soldier who was allegedly raped by a superior Sunday at an Army facility in Milan.
Emil Whitis
Mar 7, 2013

The woman is reluctant to cooperate in the investigation after initially talking with a dispatcher about the attack.

“Think about his next victim ... he could kill a person,” the dispatcher tells the woman. “You want that on your conscience? Sometimes you’ve got to think of the bigger picture, you can’t just think abut yourself like that. I’m not trying to be rude to you in any way. I’m just trying to help you.”

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Comments

MBR

The dispatcher's response was extremely inappropriate. A person who has been sexually assaulted already feels immense guilt and shame even though they are not to blame. To put additional pressure on someone who has just been violated in the worst possible way is not acceptable. By making the victim feel responsible for potential future attacks--and even possible murder--the dispatcher victimized her a second time.

huronguy

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The Hamburglar

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Tool Box

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Tool Box

Ha ha ha ha ha!

WiseManOnceSaid

The dispatcher probably should have handled that differently, but regardless, she should come forward about this. The dispatcher is right. Letting him get away with it (maybe not even the first time) just gives him reason to do it again. People who commit these kinds of crimes because more and more likely to repeat when they realize that most victims are ashamed and guilty and will not report it. Stand up and Punish this man. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT!

reporter54

I agree that the dispatcher's comments were inappropriate. It is also common knowledge that not much is done to rapists in the service. Generally the woman is subjected to more trauma and then discharged from the service. There is little justice. Yes, the man involved deserves to be punished and stopped from ever doing this again, but that may not happen.

Kelly

If it's even true

RV

I think the dispatcher did nothing wrong. I read where rape victims usually clam up and say nothing. This person needs to be found asap and prosecuted. So the victim needs to be asked the questions.

MBR

"I read where rape victims usually clam up and say nothing."

You should read further and find out the reasons WHY they do this. Anyone who has just been assaulted has no *obligation* to anyone. They are traumatized and piling more guilt on them is not the way to handle their situation. The dispatcher was out of line.

Lil DAB
MBR

Thank you for posting this link. I watched this movie last month and was appalled by the stories. As a society we should be enraged by this.

starryeyes83

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MBR

Thank you for the insight, I do not have the hard copy yet. Does the article state that this soldier has made claims in the past? Not pressing charges is not an issue; there are many valid reasons victims do not want to prosecute. However, if the article states that such accusations are a pattern for this woman, then yes, it would be fair to delve deeper. (However, it is entirely possible for victims to be assaulted on more than one occasion, so having a prior claim does not automatically mean this woman is lying.)

deertracker

@star
C'mon! What's fishy? It is EXTREMELY hard to prove rape. It's usually the accuser's word against the one accused and if the woman is not Mother Teresa, she will be dogged in court. This happens in the military a LOT!

Kelly

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starryeyes83

@deer...I understand that but, I suggest you read the hard copy of the Register.

starryeyes83

There were no picking fights and no name calling -- SR maybe you should delete YOUR own story in the hard copy.

After all, YOU printed it. She has refused to press charges and this was the second time she accused someone of rape. How is an investigation conducted if there is NO evidence?

Mum-of-One

Tomorrow is International Women's Day and this year the theme is:

"A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women."

Kelly

Why was my comment deleted? I didn't personally attack anyone, nor did I presume guilt. I didn't say anything insensitive nor did I pick a fight.

Licorice Schtick

That was wierd.

Licorice Schtick

End the subordination of women.
http://www.internationalwomensda...

Mum-of-One

This victim did not report this, her boyfriend did. She may not be ready to discuss it. It's important that she is treated with dignity and respect. She deserves the benefit of belief at the very least.

Kelly

So does the person she's accusing

kURTje

Hope the facts are known. Rape is always wrong. Please..no women in combat either, their daily life in the military is a challenge for them.

excel

What army facility is in milan?

halloween2brenda

That was my question?

Mommaoftree

I guess people assume that it's not possible to have something like this happen to them twice. And especially in the military, read the stats on sexual assault within the ranks, the numbers are horrifying! What I'd like to know though, SR, is if the first time she made accusations like this, were they found to be true? I think a lot of people are portraying the victim as a woman that just goes around making rape allegations for no reason. Which I would hope to not be true, but you never know.

starryeyes83

They did dispatch an ambulance for her but she got in her car and took off. WTH?? Then recanted her story..again, WTH??

MBR

Perhaps this article might help shed some light on the reasons she is reluctant to move forward.

The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer: http://www.rollingstone.com/poli...