News Roundup: Sexual Assault, Darren Sharper, Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal

Sexual assault must stop. Kirsten Schofield has penned a thoughtful, emotional and powerful article on sexual assault. Unlike whatever that debacle was that the Rolling Stone reported and then retracted, Kirsten was sexually assaulted. She does not accept the writer’s apology. She does not accept the apology of Rolling Stone… nor should she. In her own words: I do not accept Erdely’s apology and neither should you. Erdely says she allowed her “concern for Jackie’s well-being…fear of re-traumatizing her, and…confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts” and that she won’t make these mistakes again, but it’s too late for a nicely-worded mea culpa. When Rolling Stone decided to “go ahead without knowing the lifeguard’s name or verifying his existence,” they contributed to the environment that allowed my assailant to walk up to me in a crowded public space and joke about trying to rape me. Erdely’s self-serving actions, and those of her editors, let college administrators, fraternities and police departments go back to pretending that sexual violence isn’t a problem. I’m sorry, but “sorry” isn’t good enough.

Darren Sharper: Sometimes when you read a story all you can do is shake your head. If you really get into the story, the hideousness is overwhelming. It appears that former NFL star Darren Sharper was a rape machine. With his good looks and charm it appears that he would lure unsuspecting women and then drug and rape them. He has pleaded guilty. He’s been pulled from William and Mary’s Hall of Fame.

Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal: So, Republicans held their breath and stomped up and down because they “knew” that it was impossible to get a fair deal with Iran. As a matter fact, 47 senators went so far as to pen an open letter whose sole purpose was to undermine the nuclear deal that the Obama administration was trying to negotiate. Now that preliminary details have been released, the Senators are stuck. The Iran deal really looks great from an American standpoint. The Senators seem to have hammered out a deal that Obama can sign and that’s reasonable. Who would have thought?

Poverty, Debt and the Law: One of the new ways to keep the poor in line is to write them tickets for stupid stuff. Jaywalking, smoking in a non-smoking area, sleeping on park benches. Then they have to take off from work and sit in court all day. While in court they will get a fine that they can’t afford which may land them in jail. There is NO way that they can get ahead of this freight train.  This is just so wrong in the land of the free.

Hillary Clinton has announced that she is running for president. Dear Hillary – Don’t triangulate. Fight for what you believe in.

Mario Rubio – announced that he is running for president during a conference call with donors. I guess the rest of us plain folk don’t matter.

The Great Percy Sledge has died. “When A Man Loves a Woman” has been honored as one of the Greatest Songs of All–time.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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