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Cheerleader Kicked Off Squad for Refusing to Cheer for Rapist

October 21, 2010

From Care2
By Ximena Ramirez

Imagine having to go to school every day with the man who raped you.

Imagine that your rapist is also a popular football and basketball star and you’re a cheerleader.

Would you want to cheer for the man who raped you?

I wouldn’t and a 16-year-old in Texas didn’t want to either so she kept quiet. The result: she was kicked off her school’s cheerleading squad.

Fair? I certainly think not.

The student, only identified as H.S., from Silsbee High School sued the school for their actions but an appeals court dismissed the case earlier this month stating that “In her capacity as a cheerleader [she] served as a mouthpiece through which the school could disseminate speech – namely, support for its athletic teams.”

Not cheering for one player on the team meant that H.S. was not being supportive of the whole team and didn’t have the right to be on the squad.  Her rapist however not only avoided his one year prison sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge, but was allowed to return to school and invited back on the varsity basketball team.

H.S., on the other hand, was asked to keep a “low profile” at school, avoid the cafeteria, and not take part in school activities like homecoming.

Now, I have to ask: Why is the victim in this situation being restricted, yet her rapist is being welcomed back with a cheering sideline?

If you think about it this story really isn’t new. Around the world women who are raped carry the shame of their sexual assaults while the men who rape them negotiate lesser sentences and are welcomed back to their communities.

If you ask me, officials at Silsbee High School should be less worried about cheering sidelines and more worried about supporting their students who have been sexually assaulted.

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we live in a world
so twisted and perverse
that seems to be getting
worse and worse
victims treated like
criminals
while criminals applauded
and cheered
beam me up scotty
i want to get out
of here:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 21, 2010 12:48 pm

    we live in a world
    so twisted and perverse
    that seems to be getting
    worse and worse
    victims treated like
    criminals
    while criminals applauded
    and cheered
    beam me up scotty
    i want to get out
    of here:(

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  2. Sissy Mac Neil permalink
    October 21, 2010 4:16 pm

    Outrageous. It is time to support the victim not the abuser.This school and its policies suck!

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  3. October 22, 2010 10:09 pm

    I was raped and repeatedly sexually assaulted by my older brother when I was a girl. When my other brother found out what he’d done to me, he said, “Well, boys will be boys.” Now I stay away completely from my abuser, except for family events where we’re both in attendence. No arguing, no discussing it, no scenes. But- now my family has told me that I am not welcome to attend family events- even Christmas, unless I ‘make peace’ with him. He doesn’t have to apologize, admit his crimes, or anything. This is in a “nice, Christian” family. (?) This world is a very strange- and scary, place.

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