Saturday, July 14, 2007
can i say:
On Tuesday at noon in D.C., this very worthy cause will be taken to the steps of the Supreme Court. In your city, it'll be on the steps of your local courthouse. Please attend if you can. (Via my mother)

This Tuesday, July 17 at noon, many major cities across the country will be participating in a national protest dubbed "CALL IT RAPE!" The purpose of the protest is to rally against the silencing of rape victims in response to an abominable ruling against rape survivors by Judge Cheuvront in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Judge issued a Court Order banning the victim, Tory Bowen, and prosecutors from using the words "victim," "assailant," "rape," "date rape drugs," "sexual assault kit," and "sexual assault nurse examiner." The judge suggested calling the crime "sex." A Lincoln protest and rally was organized by PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and was held on July 9 and July 11, 2007. On July 12, 2007 the Judge declared a mistrial, citing the protests as one of the reasons.

Angela Rose, PAVE's Executive Director said, "The irony of Judge Cheuvront's order for the mistrial is that yet again he is trying to ban free speech. It was his unconstitutional ruling that led the people to the streets in protest in the first place. This is causing national outrage and we must be the voice for all who have been silenced by violence." These protests will be held simultaneously across the country, and Rose is asking people from across the nation to show their support. Protesters are urged to congregate in front of their community County Courthouse at 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Even if there are only a handful of people, take a photo and email it to: "Protesters are asked to bring scarves or folded bandanas and tie them over their mouths to protest the silencing of rape victims," Angela explained. "We will be holding signs depicting the words Tory Bowen was not allowed to use in Court." She added, "We cannot stand idly by as our free speech is taken away from us and survivors of rape are re-victimized in the courtroom."
--Spencer Ackerman