Asphyxiation point may seem as a small nice town located in Maine, it has nice weather, nice people, and lovely houses that make you want to stay. Still, some things happen below the surface, some things that are neither easy to say nor to read.
Sexual assault might be as old as human kind, perhaps even older than humans. It has always been the resource of males lacking ability and having the need to show strength against creatures that cannot fight back, for whatever reason, being it size, strength, physical ability, being drugged or under the influence of alcohol. Whatever way it is done, the general definition of sexual assault, is an attack towards the integrity of another person against their will, of course.
In this little and lovely town, sexual assaults have risen and they don’t seem to stop. A few months back, a sex offender hung himself in jail after attacking women of all social statuses, from police officers to well known members of the community, and now we are facing another man who has decided that he won’t take a “no” for an answer.
This man known as Michael James goes to his victim's homes as an ADT salesman, and finds a way to allow him inside. Once in, he does his things with them and leaves without being noticed. So far he has attacked 3 women in town, and has not been captured regardless the best efforts of the PD.
According to Captain Jay Biafra, in an exclusive interview with the AP times, sources say that he is trying to reform by going to therapy but also stated that he is trying to intimidate the victims somehow, the details of that intimidation were unclear.
Talking about laws and regulations, the Captain Biafra says that they are on the works of creating a sex offender registration program, to be able to notify the community about the dangers of the presence of some individuals, but for now it is all just a project.
He strongly advises women to carry with them pepper sprays and teasers, being this alarming advice yet a useful one that could spare you from all the hassle and pain. It is alarming how we have to teach women to protect themselves rather than teaching men not to rape, but that is a social and cultural discussion that will take some time to be had.
When asked about any programs that promote safety and prevention of sexual violence in AP, the Captain mentioned the existence of a “Women’s Shelter” located on 2nd street by the Police Station, it was supposed to be run by Anna De Luca, a local psychiatrist, that supposedly gave women self defense classes as well as house for victimized or homeless women.
When I went to verify this information and talk to miss De Luca about the shelter and its programs, I found that the shelter was no longer there.
It is yet to be investigated where did it go, why, and what will the city do about this raising problem of sexual violence in town.
In the mean time, Captain Biafra’s words are clear “Citizens are advised to contact the AP PD if they believe they have encountered the man in the sketch or get ADT solicitors at their doors”
Here we provide a sketch of Michael James for you to keep in mind. Sexual violence is not tolerable and the PD counts on you to find this sex offender.