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Louisiana 'Career Fair' Turns Into Church Group Telling Teen Girls to Forgive Rapists

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On Tuesday, 2,100 Louisiana students were bussed from their Baton Rouge high schools to what they thought would be a college and career fair. Instead, they were taken to a church (The event was sponsored by the Christian group 29:11 Mentoring Program and held at Living Faith Christian Center in northeast Baton Rouge.), separated by gender, and given two wildly different, disturbingly sexist experiences.


The “girl talk” went first and consisted of three speakers, one of whom discussed the importance of forgiving a rapist or abuser. According to a high school student who attended the event, the speaker said that she forgave an ex-boyfriend who attempted to strangle her to death. Alexis Budyach wrote on Facebook that the speaker emphasized if she’d “waited for the man God meant for her,” then the abuse wouldn’t have happened. “She [used] this to essentially shame the concept of ‘dating around’ and took a soulmate-esque approach on the situation,” wrote Budyach. “In addition, she explained that she had forgiven her ex boyfriend for his attempted murder, even if he wasn’t sorry.”

Another speaker, a pastor, preached abstinence and talked about how she was proud to have been a virgin throughout high school and college. And a third, a nurse, talked about suicide, according to accounts posted on Facebook by angry students and parents who felt deceived by the event.
Bryant stayed for the boys’ portion of the event, which was billed as “real talk.” She said that the focus for the boys was not on speakers, but rather, they held a push-up competition and played games where winners were awarded with money. “They were hyped up and egged on,” said Bryant, who added she was “physically disgusted” by the events of the day. Bryant wrote that she heard accounts of transgender students being bullied, with some getting water poured on their heads with no repercussions from nearby adults. In order to get lunch, the students had to register to vote.

“The majority of students chose to attend this field trip on the promise of free food and the opportunity to skip class,” wrote Budyach. “However the majority of students were not only disappointed by this event, but traumatized as well.”

Budyach’s mother spoke with The Advocate and said the flyer she received before the event had a street address, but didn’t mention the religious affiliation, or she wouldn’t have signed the permission slip.
 

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I think it's good for a victim of any crime or bad event in life to put away anger and bitterness--for their own sake. Anger and bitterness can cause health and mental problems when not dealt with.

The problem with the term forgive is like the problem with terms like socialism, ect. it means different things to different people.

If by forgive you mean get rid of the bitterness and anger for your own health mental and physical then okay.

But if you mean just let it go and not insist on punishment, especially for willfully committed heinous crime like rape then no, you are wrong to forgive.
 

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Given the disparate treatment by gender, there is no way this "fair" is an appropriate field trip for public school students. And that ignores the actual content of the "fair" for girls.

Either the district officials knew their actions were wrong or that they were misled by the providers of the "fair".
 

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I think it's good for a victim of any crime or bad event in life to put away anger and bitterness--for their own sake. Anger and bitterness can cause health and mental problems when not dealt with.

The problem with the term forgive is like the problem with terms like socialism, ect. it means different things to different people.

If by forgive you mean get rid of the bitterness and anger for your own health mental and physical then okay.

But if you mean just let it go and not insist on punishment, especially for willfully committed heinous crime like rape then no, you are wrong to forgive.
The trouble is the alleged presentation wasn't talkin about crime.

It was talking specifically about physical and sexual assault by a man and how women should just roll with it and just consider it god's judgment against them. This has nothing to do about not being consumed by rage and anger. It had everything to do with grooming women to be docile and accommodating. And worse yet... to blame themselves for the violent crime committed against them.
 

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Given the disparate treatment by gender, there is no way this "fair" is an appropriate field trip for public school students.
Or private school ones.
And that ignores the actual content of the "fair" for girls.

Either the district officials knew their actions were wrong or that they were misled by the providers of the "fair".
It made it sound like people signed off on going and that this was likely a volunteer field trip. The school didn't require it, providing them the legal gray area to be able to shrug their shoulders. If all the accusations were true, all those at the school responsible for letting that happen should be sacked... as in put into a large sack and dropped into Lake Pontchartrain.

No, it's okay, they'll forgive us for it.
 

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I think it's good for a victim of any crime or bad event in life to put away anger and bitterness--for their own sake. Anger and bitterness can cause health and mental problems when not dealt with.

The problem with the term forgive is like the problem with terms like socialism, ect. it means different things to different people.

If by forgive you mean get rid of the bitterness and anger for your own health mental and physical then okay.

But if you mean just let it go and not insist on punishment, especially for willfully committed heinous crime like rape then no, you are wrong to forgive.

"It is good to forgive your enemies, but not until after they are hanged."
- Heinrich Heinie
 
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