Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 2011 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Cherokee County probationer Gary Lynn Jones, convicted of rape in Rusk County. Are you aware of who he's related to and why he was driving around East Texas raping women? According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 1 in 6 women in the United States has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. Statistically 1 out of every 4 Cherokee County, TX residents is genetically related to prosecutors and law enforcement, which means only a small percentage of actual sex assaults and domestic violence claims are investigated. Non-relatives and out of region arrestees are brought to the front of the court dockets and front page newspapers, while local offenders are protected by the family clan operating the Rusk, TX courthouse.

The theme of the 2011 SAAM campaign is “It’s time to get involved.” Make yourselves aware of these individuals; they have operated in concert with the Cherokee County district attorney’s office for decades.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center promotes a community prevention approach that addresses the Good Ol’ Boy and Gal environment which allows sexual violence to occur without redress. Until the current nepotism is replaced with prosecuting attorneys without political and familial agendas, Cherokee County will continue to align itself against the safety and equality of its residents.