Racism prompted neo-Nazi attack and sexual assault November 15, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in attack, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Hate Crime, Hispanic, sexually assaulted, White, white supremacist.
The violent attack on a Hispanic teen who was beaten and then sodomized with a plastic pipe was fueled by the racist beliefs of a skinhead 18-year-old who viciously assaulted the boy, a prosecutor said today.
“He’s a neo-Nazi. He espouses beliefs by violent white supremacist groups,” prosecutor Mike Trent said in his opening statement in the trial of David Henry Tuck.
Tuck is charged with aggravated sexual assault in the attack on the 17-year-old boy who spent more than three months in a hospital recovering from his injuries. The other defendant, 17-year-old Keith Robert Turner, is set to go to trial next month.
Defense attorney Chuck Hinton did not give an opening statement.
Trent told jurors the attack occurred at an April party in the Houston suburb of Spring, where people drank and took drugs, including marijuana, Xanax and cocaine. After a girl at the party said the Hispanic teen tried to kiss her, the girl’s brother hit him, he said.
“Then Mr. Tuck decided to take matters into his own hands and teach (the victim to) never do that again,” Trent said. “What commenced was a horrific assault.”
Coed Citadel Still A Work In Progress August 14, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in alcohol abuse, assimilation, cadet corps, Card, Citadel, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, coed, college, Discrimination, honor code, legal, male, minority, racism and discrimination, Sexual harassment, sexually assaulted, Tara Woodside, U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, woman.
Ten years ago, The Citadel threw open its doors to women after a protracted, heated legal fight. On Saturday, a new class of 650 freshmen — including about 40 women — arrive. But the challenge of bringing women into the once all-male cadet corps isn’t over. Some male cadets and alumni still don’t like the idea.
“There will always be pockets of people who don’t want a coed school,” said Nancy Mace Jackson, the college’s first female cadet graduate.
Tara Woodside, a junior from Salem, N.J., was in grade school when Jackson arrived on campus.
“There are some guys who are skeptical at first,” Woodside said. “But once a woman proves herself, they are your biggest supporters.”
One of the biggest difficulties is attracting more women, who now make up 6% of the cadet corps. During the past decade, 129 female cadets have graduated, and this year there will be nearly 130 women among the college’s almost 2,000 cadets.