Dennis Hanson sentenced for sex assault in case used to fight rape culture

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Dennis Hanson. More photos below.
This past October, we told you about sex-assault charges against Bojan Vuckovic and Dennis Hanson, a pair of Fort Collins men accused of getting two girls drunk and violently raping them. Vuckovic was subsequently convicted, but only of supplying alcohol to minors -- an outcome so shocking that a group called End RAPE Culture Fort Collins joined forces with the mother of Vuckovic's victim prior to Hanson's trial in order to fight against societal forces that tend to excuse or justify such offenses.

Hanson was subsequently found guilty of sex assault, as well as alcohol-related infractions, and the group is celebrating his sentencing yesterday as a belated step toward justice.

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 a drug of this type, 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 sentencing of Dennis Hanson and the fight to end rape culture, including more photos and the complete statement by one victim's mom.


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mn2co
mn2co

TALK TO ME = HE SAVED A NEWBORN IN IRAQ - TODAY THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IF iRAQ IS UNDER ATTACK BY TERROISTS ONE DAY YOU WILL KNOW DENNIS FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM AND BELIEVED IN OUR FLAGĀ 

Sarah Hoffman
Sarah Hoffman

good. rape culture in america is out of control. no means fucking no.

DenverNative666
DenverNative666

"Rape culture" is a trash feminist neo-Marxist hoax. That term has no place in journalism.

Missy Doty
Missy Doty

Wow. I worked with these guys in FoCo 2 summers ago.... I guess you never really know someone....

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