I promise I'm no right-wing nutcase, but I have to admit that sometimes I think some criminals ought to be punished more severely. For instance, I sometimes wonder if some crimes -- like punching and groping women at bus stops and using a .22 loaded with BBs to shoot moms walking with their toddlers -- ought to incur a measure of humiliation on top of the normal sentence.
Like maybe an hour in the pillory in public. No throwing would be allowed, but people could give these perps a little talking-to. "Did you think it was cool to shoot at that family?" "How could you break your mother's heart like this?"
OK, maybe that's a bad idea. Here's a better one. Attend the Personal Safety Workshop on Sexual Assault this Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m, at the Van Asselt Community Center. The creep who's been groping Asian women around bus stops on Beacon Hill (and dragged his last victim off to a stairway before she escaped) is still out there, so this couldn't come at a better time.
And whatever you do, please, please, report any suspicious activity. You can ask to be anonymous, even if you're the victim (in that case, ask the police what level of privacy they can provide you), but you owe it to your neighbors to help the police catch the people doing these things before they move on to worse crimes.
I'm starting to wonder if I should have reported that asshole who kept hitting on me and then put his arm around me on the bus (right before he got off the bus) a year ago. At the time, I was like, Jesus Christ, what a disgusting shithead, but I didn't even say anything. I didn't want to draw attention to myself, I didn't want to make a big deal about it. But that shit totally makes me want to avoid the bus (the crappy suck-ass 36). I bet I'm not the only woman he's taken liberties with, and I suspect he's done worse things. So maybe we should all start making a bigger deal when stuff like that happens. I feel like at least I could have said "Get your hands off me!" really loud, and maybe at least the people around me would have seen him and known to avoid him in the future. Or I could have said something to the driver, who was actually right there (it was dark, and the bus was packed, so we were standing near the front). I don't know. Maybe I should go to that workshop and ask SPD community liaison Mark Solomon what he thinks I should have done.
Beacon Hill Personal Safety Workshop
Date & Time: Dec 13 (Thur) 6:30pm
Place: Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St, Seattle
Topics: Update on Sexual Assault on Beacon Hill, Crime Victims’ Rights and
Compensation, Personal Safety Tips
Special Guests: Mark Solomon, SPD Crime Prevention Specialist, and Alan Lai, Chinese Information & Service Center Crime Victim Service Director
Chinese & Vietnamese interpreting service provided. Free admission and all are welcome. For more information and special needs, call Alan Lai at (206) 624-5633 x 4111. Jointly presented by CISC (Chinese Information & Service Center) and
Seattle Police Department.