It really bothers me that I’m sitting on all this legal knowledge, experience and skill and there’s nothing I can do with or about it. Because of the pain and symptoms of my disease I am definitely not physically or mentally able to practice law full time anymore, but as I learned early on, to my crushing dismay, there is really no such thing as a part-time attorney. This profession is still a bros club which means that it requires long hours and plenty of so-called face time, exactly as much as you would expect in order to squeeze most women out of most of the best positions while simultaneously providing cover, excuse and alibi under which powerful men commit adultery, avoid emasculating and squikky domestic chores, and otherwise abuse their power at women’s and everyone’s expense. Seriously, don’t let the relatively high rate of female law graduates fool you into thinking the law is a reliably safe, lucrative or accessible field for women because it’s definitely not. Fuck me did I learn that one the hard way.
But you know what? I’m not dead yet and I’m still breathing and conscious and pissed off enough to write this post so I’m going to write it. Today, my upstairs neighbor had what was apparently a psychotic break and started throwing bottles of piss and garbage into my yard and threatened my life. I called the cops and made a report. He was arrested and removed based on my statement and that of other witnesses (crime victims are technically just witnesses ourselves) and my property manager cleaned and disinfected my yard at my request. The cops, firemen, first responders and the whole damn town apparently turned up to watch the show. What they didn’t get to see was the man who threatened and assaulted me get off with a warning or with no consequences at all. Who knows what the second act will be but the first act saw my assaulter arrested and taken to the hospital first, then presumably to jail.
I am writing this post to give a practical, technical example of proper reporting behavior/content to victims who report threatening or violent behavior, which reporting will leave the cops with little choice but to arrest, hold and charge the perpetrator with a crime. Little choice is not no choice of course and they could still let him out/off at any time. That’s probably exactly what will happen in the end, but I gave them as little choice as possible and increased the chances of an arrest, hold and charge the best I could. Here’s what I did. The short answer is, you have to answer YES to both of the following questions if you want the incident to be taken as seriously as possible at the reporting stage, hopefully ensuring that your attacker is arrested and taken to jail, that he is held there, and that he is properly charged with a crime.