Posts Tagged ‘women’

Once again, there is a perp on the loose who preys on unhoused women… one woman was attacked a couple of days ago outside of St. Francis’ dining hall. Julie McCurdy, of R2S, was told by police that the community had been informed via a Fox News story. Julie reminded the police officer that since this particular sex offender preys on unhoused women, and unhoused women do not have access to television very often, they were NOT informing the community of the heightened risks to their security. Of course, all unhoused people face assaults from multiple directions, everyone from police officers to suburban kids attack. In fact, last year was the deadliest year for the homeless in a decade, with 43 recorded murders, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. That’s why we are in favor of forming safe, communal camps, where folks can live and self govern – instead of hiding in the shadows where they are so vulnerable to these attacks.
Anyway, Julie asked the police to provide a photo of the sex offender who has removed his bracelet, and is known to prey on unhoused women. They told her they couldn’t do that. But r2s did secure a picture of the perp and went out to spread this info last night. In spite of all the barriers to survival that the system lays down – illegal to sleep, illegal to shit, illegal to set down your worldly possessions… our folks hit the streets last night to let people know who the perp is, and urge them to take care of one another.

MESSAGE FROM RIGHT TO SURVIVE TO RONALD TARWATER VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR WHOSE PRIMARY TARGETS ARE UNHOUSED WOMEN—WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR PRESENCE ON THE STREETS…….

OUR WOMEN ARE NOT YOUR OWN TO VIOLATE AND THEY ARE NOT WITHOUT RECOURCES -YOUR FACE WILL BE PLASTERED ALL OVER TOWN IN EVERY UNHOUSED WOMAN’S HANDS – WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE-AND WE WILL FIND YOU

AS THIS IS SENT OUT THERE ARE PATROLS BEING FORMED WHISTLES BEING PASSED OUT WITH YOUR PICTURE- WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR OWN ARE SAFE AND AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE

TO ALL OTHERS ANYONE WHO CAN HELP IN ANY WAY WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ——-

DESCRIPTION: 71 YEARS OLD(DONT LET THAT AGE FOOL YA FOLKS THIS GUY IS EXTREMELY VIOLENT) 6FT 170 POUNDS WHITE BLUE EYES WITH AN EAGLE TATTOO ON A FOREARM AND SHOULDER
CONVICTIONS: SODOMY1 SEXUAL PENETRATION11 SEX ABUSE 1 SEXUALLY VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS OFFENDER

VICTIM PROFILE:
FEMALES 12 AND UP RELATIVES AND STRANGERS

METHOD OF OFFENDING
MR TARWATER HAS USED FORCE,WEAPONS, AND THREATS TO FORCEFULLY SEXUALLY ABUSE FEMALE STRANGERS AS WELL AS FEMALES KNOWN TO HIM HE HAS ABUSED STRANGERS FEMALE HITCHHIKERS AND FEMALES KNOWN TO BE MENTALLY ILL,DRUG ADDICTED AND HOMELESS OR OTHERWISE VULNERABLE-
HE HAS A VEHICLE BUT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A DESCRIPTION OF SAID VEHICLE-

I REPEAT THIS MAN IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS AND WE WILL NOT STOP LOOKING TILL HE IS FOUND- EVERY UNHOUSED WOMEN IN PORTLAND NEEDS A FLYER WITH HIS PICTURE IN HER HAND AND SAFE SHELTER TILL HE IS-OR SAFE CAMPING ARRANGEMENTS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS HAPPEN——-

Allies are joining with unhoused community members, tonite – Friday, October 1st, to pass out flyers and information. Please call 503-734-4778 if you would like to meet up with us and get involved.

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Civilian Foot Patrols Are Forming, and Whistles Are Being Distributed

It has been reported to us — and it is being widely talked about among the homeless — that at least three women in the last week have been raped while attempting to sleep alone – all within the St. Francis neighborhood in inner Southeast. Two have been assaulted on the east side not far from St. Francis, most recently on Sunday night (Nov. 30).  Another woman was assaulted around Thanksgiving Day under the Burnside Bridge on the west side.

Right 2 Survive is distributing whistles to women and other vulnerable people in the area.

If anyone would like a whistle, you can get one from Julie, who is regularly at  St. Francis Dining Hall (SE 11th & Oak) at dinner time (4 to 6 pm), or call Laura at 503-875-0425, and we will get you a whistle ASAP.

We are also encouraging all allies to patrol these areas at night with eyes and ears open to any assaults – and especially listen for whistles (many already distributed). Organized patrols will soon begin meeting nightly at the Red & Black, with the plan being to walk the east side — Hawthorne to Burnside, 12th Ave to the River — to help protect against sexual assaults.


The Danger of Victimized Twice (by police or the rapist) If You Tell

Many women  who are victims of assault are reluctant to go to police, because Portland’s police have a reputation for not seriously dealing with assault complaints from the homeless. In fact they often treat homeless women as though they did something to ‘deserve it.’  This is often referred to as being “victimized twice.”

Sometimes when a woman tells the police or a reporting agency about a rape, little comes of the complaint. People who are houseless are often not taken as seriously as those  with houses and perhaps attorneys. What happens when police do nothing or when a court fails to keep a rapist locked up? Retaliation is a very real danger. The best plan is prevention. The best plan for un-sheltered women under assault is to camp together, or otherwise occupy otherwise vacant safe spaces. With or without a government permission, this is instinctive, and prudent in light of City Council’s inaction. This is our right to survive.

The current anti-camping law keeps people from banding together easily for mutual protection.

The City has been unwilling so far to offer any public areas for organized camping — or to legally allow property owners or churches to permit campers on site. In Seattle and in cities across the U.S., this is how houseless people usually manage (as best they can) to stay safe – by camping in tent groups in larger numbers together, and watching over each other. Where numbers of homeless campers have attempted to congregate here in Portland, police have been aggressive in breaking up the ‘camp.’

E-mail us at R2SPdx@gmail.com with your ideas about where and how people can camp and squat safely! We each have a right to safety! If government will not care for us, we can and will band together and care for ourselves.