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A Different Kind of Burning Man Story

A Different Kind of Burning Man Story

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 04:43:45 in San Francisco

“Soooo, what you're saying is rape kits require: a clean sheet, a camera, a comb, a (sterile) fingernail scraper, and some (sterile) plastic bags. Oh yeah, and a responsible party willing to testify in court if necessary.

WELL! I can see why you would insist that Burning Man "simply isn't an adequate nor appropriate place to perform a rape kit."

It's not as though Burning Man has MED TENTS - purportedly designed to address *emergency medical conditions* and yes, filled with "strangers" as most medical facilities are - in multiple locations around the playa which could carry the **exotic** items listed above!

I think the point here is that YES, the med tents are NOT equipped to deal with rape on the playa. And that is PATHETIC and INEXCUSABLE for a *progressive* city of more than 50,000 people.

Julie Baker Morse on Sep 21, 2012 at 23:45:51

“Excelsus, if a rape kit were to be taken at Burning Man, it would be IMMEDIATELY attacked by any competent defense attorney. They'd argue that the personnel weren't trained to collect the evidence, that conditions in a tent aren't appropriate for evidence collection, that the chain of custody was broken [the death knell for evidence], etc. It just inserts an element of risk that can and should be avoided, for the victim's sake. As for Burning Man, consider what the event is supposed to be. It's basically a voluntary, temporary artsy commune. AT least, that's what it's SUPPOSED to be.”

kareemachan on Sep 21, 2012 at 14:26:39


hyperlocavore on Sep 21, 2012 at 13:15:51

“The med tents also have exhaust systems which keep the dust out. The army has gotten really good at this given we've been at war in deserts for about 11 years now.

The process on site can be improved.”