I'm still glad I went - and LT went. BTW – I wouldn’t be with a man that wouldn’t go to such an important event.
We marched in silence for the victims that were not heard by those that have been sworn to protect and serve. Toddlers were sent home from the hospital back into the hands of their abusers - toddlers that tested positive for STD's. Toddlers don't get STD's. Reports were never filed. Thank God the hospital kept records.
Women - 1110+ - reported rape in the last three years - Few were followed up on by the Special Victims Unit of NOPD. Many were told that DNA testing cost too much money and the city didn't have the funds, as they called and called, year after year to follow up on the "progress" of their case. Many stories were read to the group - written by victims of rape and victims of the NOPD. The stories were sad - horrifying and in some cases, inspiring.
One woman called about her case for 10 years - only to find out there was never a report filed. Every time she called - she got the run around and spoke with a new detective that had no answers for her.
You’ll have to do a fact check – as I’m writing via a poor memory.
The 5 detectives of SVU of the NOPD - have not been fired - but instead transferred to patrol. Can you imagine something happening - something where you really need the police - and having one of them show up?
With all this information made public, by victims and a special outside investigation - you'd think people would be outraged. You'd think more than 100 people would show up to protest, which was a well organized and publicized event, regarding the neglect and downright criminal behavior on the part of the NOPD.
We walked home in silence - I was stunned and took it all very personal. LT tried to make conversation - but I was all too consumed - I kept comparing Portland to New Orleans. Had I been in Portland and this kind of nonsense had happened - you can bet more than 100 people would have showed up.
When I got home and checked the Official Facebook page – Silent March for the 1,111 – people were happy. People were pleased. Survivors were thankful for the turnout. I’m glad the march was supportive and healing for some, but I just don’t get it. I questioned the lack of turn out – and received this response:
“Sherry, we must remember (I am a survivor myself) that until the shame, guilt and fear subsides, victims will not feel comfortable identifying as victims or friends or relatives of victims, and because it is standing up and demanding accountability of authorities, people may feel intimidated.
That is why we must be the voice of those silenced.”
I totally agreed with response. I get it. I truly get it. But, still I ask, where were the people? One doesn’t have to be a victim to be horrified about people being violated and getting no response from the powers that be. This isn’t just about victims – it’s about an acceptable way of doing business, which most just chalk up to, “This is New Orleans”. The phrase seems to be the go-to when anything of solid bullshit happens here. That is NOT acceptable in my book.
I didn’t say much more – as I didn’t want to be the Debbie Downer of the page. I was sincerely happy for those that felt good about the march. Why shit on their parade with my misguided expectations? People worked really hard to put this event together – working with the city and the paid detail police officers. A lot of time and energy went into the creation of the march.
The only conclusion I can come to – is the people of New Orleans simply don’t care. They’ve become content with corruption and nonsense. I, as a transplant, have not.
Maybe more people would have showed up if there had been a promise of plastic beads and a second line.
Here is the only respectable news report on the event I could find. Kudos to the journalist.