By Milette Millington
Published: November 15th, 2017
According to a New York Times article by Alan Feuer, published just over a week ago, detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall looked as if they were on duty last month when they stopped an 18-year-old girl for having marijuana in her car. They handcuffed her and put her into a police van. However, moments after, the detectives did something that was against proper protocol. One of them forced the young woman to perform oral sex on him, and then he raped her. He then let his partner get in on the assault too. This is why the young woman referred to the detectives as “freaks,” the article also mentions. During the arraignment at the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, both pleaded not guilty and were released on bail.
This article is eye-opening because it is very similar to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which Weinstein was accused by several women of sexual assault. The difference in this case is that the detectives were accused of rape and kidnapping. The 18-year-old woman who brought these accusations against them could easily be a daughter, sister, or even a cousin of either one of them. If they had daughters, sisters, or cousins, I know that they would not treat them that way.
This story is important because it is just one of a series of stories accusing men of sexual assault and misconduct. Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal came out in the news, there have been cases against Alabama candidate for Senate reelection Roy Moore, comedian Louis C.K., and actor Kevin Spacey. They, among many others, were mentioned in a list of sexual misconduct cases updated on Nov. 11 by Sarah Almukhtar, Larry Buchanan, and Michael Gold for the New York Times.
If I were to recommend this news story to someone else to read more about, my reasoning would be that sexual assault/misconduct/rape is a topic worth discussing in-depth. It is something no individual should have to experience at any age in their lifetime.
For me, just hearing the word rape on the news when this story was first discussed made me want to read more about it, because I was very much concerned for the safety of the victims.
I would want to find out whether or not Martins and Hall had any interactions with teenage girls in the past, and if they did, I would want to reach out to those victims to hear their stories as well.
These things are important in helping to develop stories of this nature because they help spread awareness about the subject, and also convey messages of serious caution to those in authority about properly interacting with young females. I am hoping that this story allows those who have committed immoral acts including sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and rape, to see the intense, emotional reality of the effects these actions have on all women.