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Alabama Police Chief Suspended for Sex Abuse ‘Joke’
A local police chief in Alabama now finds himself suspended without pay after joking about sex abuse in a Facebook message where he accused Democratic candidate Doug Jones of sexual misconduct decades ago.
Bryan Hammond will be off the local force for 15 days according to AL.com, who reported that he chief made a number of comments, including “silence is consent” in a Facebook exchange. Hammond later said the comments were meant as sarcasm.
“On another note, Doug Jones fondled me on a Boy Scout camping trip in 1978,” Hammond wrote. “I wasn’t gonna say anything, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of him being a senator. I was ok with it until now. By the way, you can’t see me right now but I’m crying as I type this.”
He also made the false allegation that Jones signed his yearbook, which was an apparent dig at Beverly Young Nelson, who showed a copy of her yearbook that Roy Moore signed when she was a girl.
When contacted by AL.com for comment about the Facebook exchanges, Hammond said, “That was sarcasm.”
The joke misses the fundamental point of the issue, however, which is that the victims aren’t coming forward for political reasons as much as they are personal ones. They don’t want their abuser to represent them in Congress. It also reveals that one officer of the law in Alabama doesn’t seem to think that sexual assault is a big deal.
By his reasoning, any victim that doesn’t come forward immediately or offer protest on the spot is consenting to the behavior. That logic, of course, is flawed when one considers that the legal age of sexual consent is 16 in Alabama, which means at least two of Moore’s victims weren’t even old enough to consent, regardless of when they came forward.