The Breakdown of Society
911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts
Yes, click the ^link^ and go read the story. I will wait….
Now let’s break down the absurdity of this and what is wrong with society in general….
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”
Is this person freakin’ kidding me? Sorry ma’am, could you just ask him nicely to stop, tell him today just isn’t a good time…. WTF?!?! Seriously the sad truth is, they are not joking. And just wait, it gets worse…
The woman told the dispatcher that he previously attacked her & left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.
“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.
The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”
Okay, so we have established intent, history and urgency, but surely those in charge have a solution or something good to say right? They are there to serve and protect right? That is why we pay taxes and have a government and laws in place correct?
Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”
The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”
Hmmm maybe not so much….relocate? Honestly?
We have a serious problem here my friends. Where can you move that you will not find crime in some fashion? And there is movement to disarm citizens who own guns thinking this will stop the criminals. Next are we going to get in trouble for using a taser on someone because we resorted to violence? What about pepper spray? Are we going to be left to our own devices, expected to protect ourselves or huddle helplessly waiting for the mop up crew? Why do people look the other way? Why aren’t people more bold to stand out and offer a hand, to put their butt on the line like that man who helped those women escape? Seriously, could you hear a scream for help and walk on thinking someone else will help? Or are you brave enough to say enough is enough. I will not let the bullies and thugs of this world take over. The more of us who are determined to affect a powerful change and stand firm saying with a loud voice this is unacceptable, we will not be silent, we will not go quietly into the night, the less things like this will happen.
What if there had been a neighbor who saw/heard something and instead of turning up their music, intervened. Yes blah blah blah it is dangerous, but so is merely living. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or tomorrow, that scream in the night could be YOU wishing more people cared. You cannot have it both way. Either you would aid a stranger in need or you would not.
Yes, I have personally made that choice. When I was only 16 I worked at a grocery store. On my break I decided to sit outside on the bench in front and relax. A man on a crutch sat down not long after and we just silently people watched. Suddenly it dawned on me that I was hearing a muffled voice, calling or yelling something. I wasn’t alarmed and so I just started looking around. Then I heard a banging and the yelling got louder. The man and I looked at each other to confirm we were both hearing it. We stood up and started moving towards a small UHaul sitting in the firelane. Then two men walked out of the bottle recycle center there and one got in while the other went to the back of the truck. He opened the door a crack (not the roll-up kind, the door kind) and suddenly and arm thrust out from inside and we heard the voice cry “Help me!” very clearly. We started walking faster towards the truck, the man shoved the arm inside, slammed the door, leapt into the driver seat and tore off. We both snagged the plate number and color as well as other details. I ended up having to sit and file a police report that night. It was scary because that truck never got turned in like it was supposed to that night. I will never know what happened, but I sleep soundly knowing I didn’t sit there and do nothing.
Now there is a time and place to do these things, as well as safety measures and common sense to follow, I don’t just run around willy nilly like a fool without making sure the situation is manageable and won’t land me face down dead in a ditch….
Time and again I am the kind of person you can count on when the shit storm begins. I have stepped in front of bullies threatening my sisters with weapons, I have stopped on the side of the road to help strangers, I have chased stray dogs through the middle of small town traffic, I have offered myself whenever and wherever I can. And one thing I can tell you is that even if you are doing it just because you feel that pull inside you to help, that compassion that won’t let you sit still and not because you expect something in return, I assure you Karma keeps track and it WILL come back to you my friends. So what will you choose?
Until next time, stay safe and be blessed~