The Medical Issues
Let us look at Freedom to Choose's account.
quote]Also one major thing was that when I was working for the group abroad seven years ago, I was raped, not by another member or anything, but the aweful part was that after it happened I went to the group leaders of my area. They were basicly my family there, because I was living abroad by myself (I was a 22 year old girl). At first the practitioners were kind and compassionate, but this lasted about 10 minutes. Then they called a higher up leader and she said that she did not feel like my experience was rape, so I did not need to report it. Thus, I did not report it and buried all of my feelings of that aweful experience. To me this was aweful because now I'm afraid of men and am dealing with so many repercussions of the rape that could have been prevented if I dealt with it when it happened.
Here is why the leader flunked by not taking Freedom to the hospital--immediately.
1) Freedom's rapist could have been infected with HIV or Hepatitis B or C. Freedom needed immediate MEDICAL follow up and treatment. There is a limited and important window of time during which anti viral drugs, if immediately administered, can prevent retroviruses from digging into and permanently colonizing someone's immune system.
2) What if the rapist exposed Freedom to the risk of pregnancy? She needed medical attention to be prescribed pregnancy prevention medication.
3) Finally, this attacker would have been preying on other women in the neighborhood. One needs immediate medical exam to get the predators DNA sample from the victim. An interview with local police at the hospital using information from Freedom could perhaps have been used to identify and capture the attacker before more women were harmed.
Going to the police, ten years later as suggested above, is foolish. You can no longer get a DNA sample. The layout of the neighborhood may have changed, the attackers appearance may have changed and he may have left the area. And the only one who knows about statute of limitiations is an attorney working in Freedoms interests, not FG's.
4) Freedom was attacked and deserved prompt counseling. Instead, by being told by her authority figure and group (on whom she depended because she was 22years old and in a foriegn country), Freedom did not get the counseling she needed and has kept this secret for 7 years.
What "Freedom to Choose" wrote describes a failure by this missionary group to protect and look after its young and trustful members--members whose youthful energy, idealism and beauty are valuable human capital when doing prosylitzing and outreach to secure yet more members.
Remember too, being 22 is still rather young and when you are out of the country (abroad), you are all the more dependent on the group you've been assigned to for guideance during your missionary work. Remember, being abroad means culture shock, some difficulties with language. Even if you already learned the lanuage of the area you are visiting, local usage can be quite different, customs and food can be quite different and you're many time zones away from home. Body language and manners differ.
In short, you're vulnerable and the group you've been assigned to is responsible in turn for your care--in reciprocation to your probably unpaid or underpaid labor as a missionary outreacher.
This account reads as a serious failure on the part of Freedom's group to give a member of FG's unpaid work force prompt medical attention when needed.
Is this an isolated situation?
Or could it be possible that other trustful young outreachers have been through this, and been told by higher ups (via telephone) to keep quiet about being attacked and not seek medical or police attention--and been shamed into silence?
Women who are raped are easily conned to take the blame.
Young men who are attacked often feel shame because they fear they were too weak
to fight off their attacker, even when the odds were totally against them.
Suppose FreedomtoChoose had not been raped but had chest pains from a heart attack.
What if she'd and had been told, via a telephone
report from the leader, 'I do not feel you are having a heart attack, so you do not need to report it to the hospital.'
[The behavior of the FG leader of the mission group she depended (age 22, away from home, abroad, meaning out of the country and by herself), considered this group her protectors.
By having this higher up (who was telephoned, therefore not even there in the room with this traumatized young woman) telling that 'it did not feel like my experience was rape, so I did not need to report it"
To me that reads as unreciprocated loyalty--as a serious betrayal of trust.
It takes courage to bring such an account into public discussion because one speaks up as a lone person, wherease Falun Gong is a large organization and can easily ararnge for someone to come in to exploit the classic anxieties rape survivors are known to suffer. Freedom said she was afraid she would go to hell. She felt she owed an apology.
Such spin tactics include and are not limited to:
Try to instill shame by suggesting, why not go to the police now, ten years later? Ten years later, untreated trauma may be worse. Two, ten years later the physical evidence is gone. You cant collect DNA from the victim after ten years. The layout of neighborhood where Freedom was raped may have changed. Her attackers appearance may have changed. Telling her that now, ten years later she should go to the police may be an attempt to distract her from sharing this valuable information with us on the Rick Ross forum, where others may find it via an internet search.
Freedom has begun to take this delayed action by coming to Rick Ross Forum. Dont shame her over that. She's already afraid of going to hell and already apologizing for having taken that first step. She may actually save others.
Minimize what happened
Make it seem it was just the individuals bad experience
"Yeah I saw that Rick Ross does consider Falun Dafa to be a cult. In the end I think it's how an organisation affects you as a person that determines whether it's a cult or not. "
Claim we are responsible to ourselves, which deflects attention from
the entire social context which set Freedom up for attack and IMPORTANT
led to her missionary group failing to reciprocate Freedoms loyality by being loyal to her and getting her immediate medical attention right after she was attacked.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/2009 10:33PM by corboy.