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Friday, July 27, 1973


Page Three

Friday, July 27, 1973 THE SUMMER DAILY Page Three

Daily Photo by KEN FINK
A SEEMINGLY BEWILDERED city policeman William Deneau informs Barry Kevorkian and other gay protestors last night
that they are subject to arrest for their disruption of the film The Boys in the Band in Angell Hall. More than a dozen
local gay males protested what they claimed was the film's oppressive treatment of homosexuality.
m no n lazr lam RPP
onl0,11y a 'mediator' in drug deal

Gay males
stop movie
in protest
A peacefully - resolved police confron-
tation, a bomb threat, and fisticuffs in-
terrupted last night's o p e n i n g showing
of The Boys in the Band as more than a
dozen local gay people protested the filt's
portrayal of homosexuals.
After leafletting ticket-buyers, the dem-
onstrators took to the stage in Angell Hall
and refused to allow the Ann Arbor Film
Cooperative to show the movie. A noisy
verbal battle between the gays and the
irate audience ensued.
SOME MEMBERS of the audience
clearly wanted to view the film and not
the protestors, others claimed that they
were in sympathy' with the gays.
But one of the demonstrators, Harry
Kevorkian, shouted, "We don't want any
of your liberal tokenistic - - - - - !"
"You're not going to tell me what I'm
going to think until I see the picture first,"
yelled one young woman.
AS THE LIGHTS dimmed and the film
began, the demonstrators leaped in front
of the screen, stomping rhythmically and
singitg, "We're queer because we're
queer . . ." to the ttne of "Auld Lange
In the dark, cir's-like atmosphere an
Ann Arbor high school student pounced
upon one of the gay protesters who was
disconnecting the film stsound system. Re-
strained by other protesters for a nto-
ment, the student jumped at another gay
who had called to him, "Hey, lion', the
movie's tn'
"He's a Community High school stu-
dent," said Kevorkian of the attacker.
"We've had trouble with him before."
SHORTLY after the offender had left
with a refund, fottr city policemen with
henets and clubs inoved down to the
stage of "And. A" to inform the pro
testers they were "disrupting a public
assembl" and were thus subject to ar-
T'he demonstrators reluctanttt left the
stage and the mo ie was started again
from its beginning.
Kevorkian later explained the group's
action: "The film has a really bad effect
on the gay community. It's a misrepre-
sentation of what gayness is about."
A SELF-AVOWED gay male, not asso-
ciated with the demonstrators, asserted,
"I've s en this film and I want to see it
again to see what's wrong with it. When
I first saw it I said to myself 'My God, is
that what's in store for me the rest of my
Several minutes after the protesters left,
police received an anonymous bomb threat
on the audience and allowed the audience
See GAY, Page 10

Contest news
Today is the last day entries will be
accepted it the "'Ntt Insane Watergate
Contest". To enter you must tell LIs in 25
words or less who vour fa-orite Water-
gate conspirator is and why he's your fav
orite. Prizes includes a year's subscrip-
tion to The Daily, a blank tape to do your
ottn bugging and a passport photo for
quick exits from the country. Offer void
tohere prohibited. Relatives of conspira-
tors not eligible.
Councilwoman attacked
Councilwomen Carol Jones was the
victim of a robbery attempt Monday night
while she was riding her bicycle down
South University. According to Jones, two
youths of about 15 years of age knocked
her off her bike and tried to take her
purse. In the ensuing struggle Jones was
beaten around the head, neck and should-
ers. She did not seek medical help. The at-
tack on Jones was by no means an isolated
incident. A number of attacks as well as
several rapes have, en committed in the
'atalttss area in the last few days.
Happenings .. .
. a Preston Sturges Weekend spon-
sored by the Cinema Guild will begin this
evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Arch. Aud. A
second showing will begin at 10:00 p.m.
. . . "The Blue Angel" will be shown in
Aud. 3, MLB at 7:00 p.m.. . . "Mr. Lucky
can be seen at 7:38 and 9:30 p.m. in Aud.
A, Angell Hall . . . "Billy Jack" will be
shown at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Nat.
Sci. Aud. . . . a dramatic presentation of
Lazurus will be presented at the Light-
house coffeehouse, 1432 Washtenaw Ave.
at 8:00 p.m.
A2's weather
Today should be cloudy and cooler with
a 50 per cent chance of rain. Highs should
be around 80.

Speciat To The Daly
CADILLAC, Mi-Claining their role in
' Traverse City marijuana deal w{'s one
of "mediation" rather than extortion, de-
fendants Pitn Plamuondon and Craig Bla-
zier took the stand yesterday as the de-
fense opened its case in the Benzie County
trial of the two Rainbow People's Party
The two RPP members are being tried
on charges of conspiracy, extortion, and
criminal usury in connection with a visit
they paid to drug dealer Uwe Wagner.
The two claim they were trying to settle
a dispute between Wagner and a third
party in a marijuana deal.
WAGNER HAS testified that Blazier and
Plamondon threatened to expose him to
the community and to the immninration
authorities as a rip-off dealer in hard
Wagner claims lie owed Blazier $3,000
on a marijuana deal, and links the
alleged extortion to this debt.
But Blazier yesterday denied ever hav-
ing sold Wagner marijuana.
See PUN, Page 9

Pun Plamondon

Rape: Ordeal ne ver
ends after the assault

"A guy meets a girl in a bar. He buys
her a few drinks and says, 'Why don't we
go to my place,' By the time he gets her
'there, he figures she'll be a pushover.
He grabs, she protests, he gets mad,
forces her down with threats and rapes
her. That's usually the way it happens."
That is what city Chief of Police Walter
Krasny describes as the "typical rape"--
contrary to the popular myth of assault
in a dark alley.
BUT "TYPICAL"' is not the adjective
any rape victim would apply to a uniquely
terrifying and sometimes fatal crime.
Responding to an increase in crime in
the city, the Human Rights Party and the
Women's Crisis Center have launched in-
vestigations into the treatment rape vic-
tims and their assailants receive from law

enforcement personnel.
Twenty-three Ann Arbor women report-
ed being raped last year. Three on-cam-
pus apes have been reported in the last
week. Yet the number and frequency of
rapes committed is much greater than
those figures reveal. Nationally, the FBI
has concluded, only one out of every ten
rapes is reported.
THE VICTIMS, the prosecutors, and the
attorneys who defend accused rapists are
well aware of the reasons for the high
percentage of unreported rapes.
When the victim first calls the police,
she sees the initial signs of society's ten-
dency to blame her for what has hap-
pened. Many women are too patnic-strick-
en or dazed to report the assault, but for
those who do, the experience can be as
traumatic as the assault itself.

"As bad as the rape was, reporting it
was ten times worse," one victim says.
TOO OFTEN the officer taking the re-
port is insensitive or snide, making re-
marks like, "I know why you were raped"
or "do you always wear your pants so
tight?" While Chief Krasny claims that
this attitude is very rare, Women's Crisis
Center representatives say it is not.
In addition to the psychological damage
suffered, the rape victim must also take
a financial loss.
A medical exam is performed shortly
after the rape to determine the presence
of sperm in the woman's body and the
blood type of the sperm. The procedure
may cost the victim up to $50. (If an
arrested rapist is hurt, the city picks up
the tab for any of his injuries.)
See RAPE, Page 9

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