African American Political Pundit in conjunction with the afrospear will be blogging for justice. Protecting Black Women (and their families) From Rape
On Thursday November 1, 2007 Afrospear members and Afrospear supporters are urged to blog to raise public awareness of the two rape cases involving black women. One woman was tortured, beaten, forced to eat rat, dog and human feces, and raped by six white men and women in West Virgina. The Other a black woman gang raped and forced to have sex with her own son.
We are asking all bloggers who plan to blog on Thursday November 1, 2007 send a email to AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit@gmail.com confirming your participation so we can track the number of blogs participating.
The Case of Ms. Megan Williams
A black woman who was raped in West Virgina. The purpose of this day is to make sure the public eye is on West Virginia and that she receives justice.
As you may know Megan Williams thought she was going to a party. For more than a week, authorities say, the 20-year-old black woman was kept captive in a shed, tortured, beaten, forced to eat rat, dog and human feces, and raped by six white men and women who taunted her with racial slurs. “They just kept saying ‘This is what we do to niggers down here,’” Williams told The Associated Press in one of her most extensive interviews since the shocking case made national headlines last month.
West Virginia does not have a death penalty, but the six suspects could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted of rape and kidnapping charges. Still, Williams and her family want more. They want the case prosecuted as a hate crime as well, something authorities have so far stopped short of doing.
How To Help: Blog About the incident to bring public attention to the horrors of rape of black women in this West Virgina Town. We want to keep the story in the news and on blog pages to make sure she gets fair and equal justice. Otherwise these folks from West Virginia may just get away with a year in prison, for something they should be spending life in prison for.
We are asking people to sign a petition in support of Megan Williams.
Other Ways to Help: Donate to the Megan Williams Trust Fund
In Dunbar Village Case
Four males — ages 14, 15, 16 and 18 — have been charged as adults in a 14-count indictment that could send all of them to prison for life. Defense attorneys have argued that the victims failed to identify the same suspects from photo lineups and that they identified fillers — people not involved in the case — as perpetrators. In some instances they identified different people as the same person.
Hoping to steal money and jewelry, Avion Lawson, 14, said he and someone else wore masks when they entered the 35-year-old woman’s apartment that night, according to the documents. Once inside, Lawson said, he and his accomplice, whose name is blacked out on the report, encountered the woman in bed with three other masked males around her. Lawson told police he sexually assaulted her and stole two video games and a truck.
The victim returned home from her job delivering phone books about 9 p.m. the night of the attack, according to her statement to police. While fixing her son something to eat, a young male with braids knocked on her door to tell her the tires on her truck were flat. Once outside, she said, she saw a male with a large gun and two others armed with guns. They wore black clothing over their faces, she said, and ordered her back into the apartment, where they demanded money.
After being told there was no money, the attackers tore off the woman’s clothes and raped her until five others arrived, according to the documents. The new arrivals took turns having sex with her and then sodomized her. The mother was then ordered into a tub filled with vinegar and water where they used hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia on her. At gunpoint, the assailants forced the mother and son to have sex.
Throughout the attack, the victims suffered beatings, including having a bowl and light bulbs smashed over their heads. The encounter was recorded on a cell phone camera, according to the mother.
Before leaving, the males looked for a lighter to set the two on fire but couldn’t find one, she told police. They ordered the pair to stay in the tub and took off. About 30 minutes later one of the males returned to sexually assault the mother one last time. Before leaving, he scribbled a man’s name and 6-CO, a gang, on a piece of paper and told the woman he hangs out on Sixth Street and that’s where he could be found. He grabbed a Sony PlayStation 2 before fleeing. More HERE
How To Help: St. Ann’s Catholic Church will accept donations on behalf of the family. Checks can be made payable to the Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund – St. Ann’s. The address is: St. Ann’s Catholic Church 310 N. Olive Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401 -
You can also call the church at (561) 832-3757.
Other ways to h elp:Blog About the incident to bring public attention to the horrors of rape of a black women and her child by black boys, and a black man. Discuss how these types of incidents although reported to police are not taken seriously when reported to police.
We can also join efforts to get black “leaders” and faith groups to begin to address these issues within our community. For further information visit What About Our Daughters.