At 1:45 am Saturday morning, merely hours after Elliot Rodgers embarked on a misogyny-driven shooting spree, a man in Stockton, California, fired eight rounds at three women leaving his residence after they refused to have sex with him and his friends. Luckily in this scenario, no one was injured—at the same time, it's absolutely ridiculous that yet again we have to ascribe someone's safety to luck.
Nicole Flatow reports at Think Progress:
The women, estimated to be between about 18 and 19 years old, had gone to the home of three men late Friday night in the northern California town of Stockton, according to Stockton Police. After the men asked to have sex and the women refused, the men kicked the girls out, Stockton Police Department Public Information Officer Joseph Silva told ThinkProgress. When the women started to leave, multiple shots were fired, but none of the women were injured, Silva said. The women fled the area to a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, where they called police.
Building security confirmed the shooting, but the suspect, Keith Binder, and his two friends known as "Little D" and "Little Eggy" have yet to be found.
The suspected gunman Keith Binder didn't kill anyone. And he didn't write up a 141-page manifesto detailing his hatred for women. But the same underlying motive was there. The same pervasive idea of entitlement to sex that gave Elliot Rodger the space to "punish women" also gave Binder the space to do the same to those three women. Women facing gunfire, let alone any repercussion, for not wanting to have sex is scary enough, but the fact that these are not entirely isolated incidents is even scarier. This is a culture of violence, it's very very real, and we need to dismantle it.
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