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Texas Matters: Culture Of Sexual Assualt; Bail Reform & 'Whiners' Need Not Apply

Sep 21, 2018

Washington Post opinion writer Elizabeth Bruenig writes about an accusation of rape that happened in her high school in Arlington in 2006 (:38). Then, Susanna Pringle, legal director of the Texas Fair Defense Project, talks about bail reform in Texas (19:12). And finally, Gary Scout wrote a job ad encouraging "whiners" need not apply (23:20).


As the nation tries to determine the facts behind an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, many people are pointing out that these types of assaults happen all the time.

The #METOO movement has highlighted the problem of sexual predators in the schools and workplaces. But what sparked the #METOO movement is a cover-up culture that blames the victim.

Bruenig writes about an accusation of rape that happened in her high school in Arlington in 2006. A classmate of Bruenig was sexually assaulted and no one was ever prosecuted for it.

Bruenig has been investigating the story for the last three years. Her story is titled, “What do we owe her now?”  

Cash Bail Reform

A federal judge ordered Dallas County to stop its practice of automatically using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. The judge ruled that the practice is unconstitutional. The ruling resulted from a class action lawsuit brought by a coalition of civil rights organizations. One of the plaintiffs in the Texas Fair Defense Project.

Whiners Need Not Apply

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Texas leading the nation in job creation. And the unemployment rate in the state is 3.9 percent. If you are looking for a job, that’s encouraging. But if you are looking for workers – not so much.

A recent help wanted ad from Scott illustrates the frustration that many employers have. Part of it reads: "Please do not apply if you oversleep, have court often, do not have a babysitter every day, have to get rides, experience flat tires every week, have to hold a cell phone all day."

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org or on Twitter @DavidMartinDavi