Reliving a Rape
Should rapiest still have the right of an education at the same school as their victim? In upstate New York, a teenage girl was rapped by another boy in her graduating class. Not only was she a rape victim who had to overcome the traumatic experience that just happened to her, but she also had to face her rapist everyday in school for all of her senior year. Taylor was 17 years old when this incident occurred. Unlike a lot of people, Taylor was not afraid to speak up about what happened to her. She filed a police report right away, but offortunitley her rapiest and her had to wait until his court date in order for anything to be done.
Niagara Wheatfield High School follows the “innocent until proven guilty” rule. This meant that they believe that Mr Dowdy, who is Taylor’s rapiest has the right for a proper education just like anyone else in the school. Taylor had to start off her senior year with seeing Mr Dowdy everyday in the hallways. There were times where she couldn’t get herself to go to school, because all she could think about was having to see him. It is time for schools to care more about just their students education and more about the lives and feelings of their students.
As children we are told to always tell an adult whenever something serious has happened, so they can help resolve the issue. That is exactly what Taylor did and nothing was resolved. She told the principal of the high school how seeing Mr Dowdy made her feel and all she was told was that the matter would be resolved, but it never was. It finally took Taylor’s mother to make a strongly worded post on facebook about the school and the steps they are not taking, for students to take some action and plan a walkout on Taylor’s behalf.
The way the school district handled Taylors case was unacceptable. She voiced the way she was feeling and the school did not do anything about it. It is bad enough that Taylor was raped, but that fact that she had to see her rapiest everyday and relive the horrific experience she went through is ridiculous. It is time that we stand up for what is right, and show children that when you speak up about something, there will be a change. There were many things that could have been done to help Taylor feel more comfortable. Schedules could have been changed, Mr Dowdy could have had someone walk with him to make sure he did not try to go up tp or look at Taylor. There are many cases like Taylor’s in the United States and in the world, we as people of the United States need to take action to keep our children safe at all time and to feel comfortable in a school setting.