By my count, there’s credible evidence from this Verum Serum [link fixed] post alone that it’s happened at five Occupy Whatever locations*: a rape accusation in Cleveland, an assault arrest in NYC, sexual harassment allegations in Oakland, a sexual assault allegation in Portland, and a suggestion that Occupy Baltimore is actively attempting to preemptively discourage the reporting any future attacks or assaults:
Occupy Baltimore’s Security Committee will make every reasonable effort to keep the matters involved in the allegation as confidential as possible while still allowing for a prompt and thorough inquiry. All allegations of abuse will be treated seriously and thoroughly investigated.
If the survivor wishes to involve law enforcement, in order to obtain physical evidence of the assault, you must report the incident within 72 hours or the assault as collection and preservation of evidence is critical.
Five, I think, legitimizes the term ‘multiple.’ Anyway: not good, people. Not good – and it’s preventable, as even a cursory look at actual, more responsible populist movements like the Tea Party would show.
I’ll leave you with this observation from @MelissaTweets and others:
*I don’t think that it’s fair to score the North Seattle case against the Occupy Whatever people; after all, the guy wasn’t exposing himself to little girls at the protest.