Dennis Hanson's sex-assault trial inspires fight against culture that tells men rape is okay

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Last October, we reported about the sex-assault charges against Bojan Vuckovic and Dennis Hanson, who were accused of getting two girls drunk and violently raping them. In the end, the only conviction against Vuckovic that stuck was supplying alcohol to minors, despite shocking injuries to the young woman. Now, with Hanson's trial just over a week away, an activist group has joined forces with the mom of Vuckovic's victim to call for an end to what they see as a culture that forgives rapists and punishes their prey.

As we've reported, Vuckovic worked as a barback at Yeti Bar and Grill in Old Town Fort Collins, while his roommate, Hanson, served as a bartender at the same establishment.

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Old Town Fort Collins.
On December 12, 2012, according to the statement shared with the court by the victim's mom (who we're not naming to protect her daughter's identity), a young woman and her friend "had been invited to a man's home for a get together with another man as well. The girls were served several shots of alcohol."

The victim feels she was also given a date-rape drug. Subsequent tests didn't turn up evidence of the drug, but the victim's mom notes that such substances "dissipate from the body very quickly and thus are difficult to detect."

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Bojan Vuckovic's mug shot.
The next thing the victim knew, she was on the front porch of another residence in the neighborhood, "covered in blood and bleeding profusely from her vaginal area," her mom notes. Fortunately, the owner of the house was awake, and he and his roommate "took her into their home and thus saved her life," the mom continues. "As she bled on their floor they called 911 and did all they could to aid and comfort her. She literally almost bled to death."

The young woman was "so mentally incapacitated that she did not even know her name" at first, her mom notes. But she responded to treatment, and afterward, Vuckovic was found and charged with first-degree rape resulting in severe bodily injury, as well as serving alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At trial, however, the young woman's inability to remember the sexual assault, or any of the circumstances surrounding it, resulted in Vuckovic being exonerated of that charge -- a verdict that left the mom aghast. "It was considered to be CONSENUAL sex," she wrote the judge, adding, "We see this as a complete and utter oxymoron. Who would consent to such trauma, and how can it be moral for a person to commit such forceful sexual penetration on an unconscious person??? Therefore we feel that this is an erroneous and UNJUST verdict."

Her takeaway from the trial? "Our daughter was not only victimized by this violent rapist, but then again by our 'Criminal' Justice System, as it seems that there is much more leeway given to the defense's side, and the DA prosecutors' hands are tied in many ways," she wrote the judge. In her view, her daughter "was victimized by this society's rape culture bias. Essentially; if a woman dresses up nice, meets a man for a date and drinks alcohol with him, then that infers that she has consented to sex; evidently, violent sex or not. Lastly, and perhaps the worst, victimization is self inflicted, as she (like most rape victims) has accepted society's condemnation for her mistake, and there it is her burden to carry for the rest of her life."

Continue for more about the Bojan Vuckovic-Dennis Hanson cases and the protests against rape culture, including additional photos.


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ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

women should not dress provocatively because it entices men to take liberties. the power of suggestion is the victims fault.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Therefore we feel that this is an erroneous and UNJUST verdict."


Blame the Jurors -- the 12 adult members of your Larimer County who UNANIMOUSLY decided that the accused was NOT GUILTY of assaulting your drunken daughter.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

So someone find these scumbags and make them "disappear."

Joel Storin
Joel Storin

Seems to me if he was acquitted, he never committed an act of rape. So how is that question even being asked properly

Teresa McGlohorn
Teresa McGlohorn

There ought to be a culture where we cut off their dick and just let them bleed out :-)

Wendy Moore
Wendy Moore

Anyone who argues against the existence of that culture is part of it.

Robert Hoyle
Robert Hoyle

Understand that this was a CRIMINAL trial. And the burden of proof that he did what they said he did is, "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt." That is very, very hard to show in a court of law. So...acquittal does NOT mean "Not Guilty." It just means they were not able to prove so, beyond a reasonable doubt. (Every juror thinks their doubt is "reasonable.") The victim can still file a civil suit -- where you only have to show that he was guilty by a 51% margin -- and take this guy for everything he has, economically. Doesn't get him off the streets, but...

Claire Miller
Claire Miller

I know there is. I've seen it myself. It trickles down all the way from top to bottom. When everyone in the" justice" system knows something won't be prosecuted, why bother? It's a disgrace.

Reign Peace
Reign Peace

I think this says more about our society than our courts. I dislike our court system, not because it's too liberal but because you can never be redeemed. Once your 'in' you're in. Since we are considered a 'civilized' nation most of these nations in the world do not even accept capital punishment. I would like to know where those mens values come from that they think it alright to treat another person the way they did. Then again, what were the girls doing there in the first place. Have they all been raised without any basic moral behavior?

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Keep posting their pictures make sure they are vivid in real men minds so the next time we run into one of them on the street.... :)

Jim Earl
Jim Earl

liberal court systems and they say it's a conservative war on women. Right.

James Gold
James Gold

I don't think I've ever been told that rape is okay. Yet every time there's a rape case broadcasted on the internet or television or elsewhere, this question of "rape culture" pops up. Read the caption-- "Dennis Hanson's sex-assault trial inspires fight against culture that tells men rape is okay." Are there any other men out there who can recall it ever being suggested to them that rape is okay? It's a ridiculous notion. I feel for the victim and her family, but the mother's anger is misplaced. She blames it on our culture, or society... INSTEAD of the justice system. The justice system is the problem.

Ellis Staker
Ellis Staker

If there is a culture that blames the rape victim, that would be a sad commentary on our society!!!!

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

The double blade to our justice system is lack of evidence. It helps the innocent more than the guilty, but sometimes lets the guilty get away. As much as its more than likely these guys did rape these girls... lack of evidence makes it so you cant condemn them. Witch trials anyone???

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

Gwen I absolutely do ask myself that question. I have had family members raped. It's terrible. Again it's not OUR call. It's the courts. I'm not trying to defend these guys. I'm saying everyone needs to rethink how they're free. It's OUR system. That WE vote for. I simply sai everyone's side deserves to be heard. Guilty or not.

Ryan Ruddle
Ryan Ruddle

All I can say is I know my sister used to get a lil wild in the bars. But that doesn't give any man the right to take advantage and almost kill someone. Prison would be the only way these men would stay alive. I would without doubt murder someone who violated my sister like that. Not a quick gunshot either. Torture to the fullest, till they begged to die.

James Gold
James Gold

I don't know anyone that condones rape, so I find that question a little strange.

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

men that treat women terribly give GOOD GREAT men a bad name....

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

And maybe Justin you should be thinking what if this was my little sister or daughter.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

So if she was a love struck teenager and this creep wouldn't sleep with her so she made it up would be different. Guy got her drunk took her to his house and she is found on a neighbors porch bleeding to death from her vagina and maybe she wasn't raped?!? Delusional. Maybe it started off consensual but it damn sure didnt end up that way.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

Yeah Justin and his side was it was consensual.....my brother has morals and wouldn't get two little girls drunk period.

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

They could have raped her. BUTTTTT there is also a chance they DIDN'T! Jesus what if they didn't do it? What if your brother was charged with these crimes? Does it automatically Mke them guilty? I believe we need a better system to help women who have been raped. Unfortunately our system is flawed and right now it takes a jury to convict of something like this. Either way these men's lives will NEVER be the same. Guilty or innocent. I'm just saying EVERY story had two sides and EVERY side deserves to be heard.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

If you wake up, dumped on a strangers porch almost bleeding to death from your vagina and can't remember anything you may have been raped. If it was consensual, why didnt he take her to the hospital and explain that she agreed to be brutalized so it was nothing to be concerned about......

Alyssa Camp
Alyssa Camp

our culture perpetuates a man's feelings of not being manly enough so some men try to prove their masculinity with violence in general or just believing that women are just sex objects.... this is almost taught to people through the media. i think these guys who rape are overconformists to gender roles almost. it's really sick.. especially when our justice system fails women in this way as well.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

Just sad. Amazing to me,stealing a car carries more punishment.

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

My point is that not everyone accused of rape is guilty. Or accused of any other crime for that matter. "Innocent until proven guilty." I guess that makes me a "victimizer" and unfit to live in "your state" haha okay Gail

Gail Lucinda Madrid
Gail Lucinda Madrid

Sooo sad tomjust hav someone like u Justin Luke Coleman livin in my beautiful state ur the only one who put ur self out there the way u did now whose simple minded ? Mean words dont offend me so u can grow up some time soon son

spyralinfinity
spyralinfinity

Yet another minority still severing a 7 year sentence for Weed before it became ok to tax.

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

Gail you have no idea about me or my family and the fact that you said what you did proves you are a simpleton. Not everyone accused of rape is guilty. And if you don't agree with that, YOU are the fucking problem!

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

I've had SEVERAL women in my family raped and accused others of rape. Gail I feel bad for you. So if someone is accused of anything it's Wron for people to question it? Simple minded sorry human being

Gail Lucinda Madrid
Gail Lucinda Madrid

I didnt say ur a rapist get it right ! But ppl that assume these rapist r/might not guilty add fuel to fire for a victim but if it was ur mother daughter niece etc I bet u would b signin guilty all day Justin Luke Coleman

Frank Wojcinski
Frank Wojcinski

no why didn't the laws help her. the system if messed up for letting him go.

Alex Millr
Alex Millr

This is absolutely deplorable . Sad to see a similar assault happened to another girl; I experienced a similar attack and injuries , only I didn't tell the cops who did it because I thought it was my fault . Injuries like that don't happen unless it was non consensual and violent

Christ Why
Christ Why

I'm confused; at the beginning it says they raped two girls and the article only talks about one of them. What happened to the other girl?

brandibrandi
brandibrandi

A jury fidning someone "innocent beyond a reasonable doubt" is not the same as not having raped someone, muc of the information by the judge. Further, a jury at this point in time may not understand "rape" and rape culture. Thus we hope to educate the public before they hit the jury box. 

brandibrandi
brandibrandi

False accusations of rape are well less than 2%. Rape that is reported is also VERY LOW, statistically, you argument is standard of men, but moot, and a demonstration of rape culture. 

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

You realize he was acquitted because he claimed the sex was consensual, right? The sex that left her bleeding in puddles, naked, and completely disoriented on a neighbor's porch.

Clearly consensual.Clearly.

brandibrandi
brandibrandi

One trial has happened, the other trial is beginning next week. 

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