Moreno has been the victim of several travesties at the hands of government. While his girlfriend was the one who was actually asasulted and thus bears the vast majority of the resulting trauma herself, the secondary trauma of watching another person, especially one who you deeply care about, be sexually assaulted is also very real and not to be dismissed. While the impact that the assault undoubtedly had on Moreno is not the reason that the assault was wrong, it is one of the outcomes of it. After Moreno’s girlfriend faced the trauma of being sexually assaulted and Moreno faced the trauma of watching it happen, both then were subjected to false arrest by the assailant. And now, Moreno must undergo further victimization at the hands of a government that sees fit to deport him (and his girlfriend faces the secondary victimization of watching it happen while she deals with her own trauma from the assault).
This case is about how we treat sexual assault because Moreno’s girlfriend never should have been assaulted, and Moreno never should have had to call for help at all. As has been admitted, Marcus Jackson should have never been admitted to the police force, due to a history of giving women reason to fear him. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because most who are victims of sexual assault are too afraid to report it. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because fear of police and the (repeatedly proven to be!) reasonable belief that police officers will usually stand by each other before standing by justice means that police officers feel free to both commit sexual assault with impunity and use their state power as a means to hiding their crimes. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because apparently not even 911 operators can be expected to give a shit when such an assault is reported.
The goal of the march, according to UFW president Arturo Rodriguez, is to raise awareness for farm worker issues and gain the support needed from Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Legislature to make much needed changes.
“It’s important for (Gov. Brown) to do what the farm workers are expecting him to do — respond to our needs. Do what’s necessary, make the changes. Do what’s right for farm workers,” Rodriguez said.
The top issues the UFW want Sacramento to face: the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act and the right to be paid overtime after eight hours a day and 40 hours a week.
In June Brown vetoed the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, a bill that would have made it easier for farm workers to join a union and speak up for their rights; and farm workers are currently exempt from federal overtime labor laws.
“We needn’t give up just because he vetoed that law,” said Jose Cerritos, 23, one of the six Salinas-area farm workers who joined the march on Friday. “We must continue to fight, even harder.
Governor, do you actually think that you’ve gained favor with a group of people who still call you Governor Moonbeam behind your back by vetoing that bill?