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Do you suppose that– if the incident had involved, say, a gay student from Stuyvesant or Townsend Harris, or a young blond swim team competitor from Easthampton rather than the person who actually was involved– it would take three weeks (and counting) to begin to get help not only for the witnesses, but for the victim?

Qui tacet consentit.

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And if it had taken three weeks to even begin to get help not only for the witnesses, but for the victim, had the victim been, say, a gay student from Stuyvesant or Townsend Harris, ora young blond swim team competitor from Easthampton– what would the appropriate response be (a) from the victim (b) from the witnesses (c) from the community?

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
How about if there are people there to hear it, but they are willfully blind and deaf?
Are the woodland creatures who were crushed by the fallen tree still dead and dying if no one is there to hear them cry out?
How about if there are people there to hear them, but they are willfully blind and deaf?

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